Comox Valley Water Distribution Service

The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) merged six of its water distribution services into one greater Comox Valley system. The Comox Valley (function 305), Sandwick (306), Greaves Crescent (309), Arden (311), England Road (314) and Marsden/Camco (317) services were merged as of January 1, 2019 and are now collectively referred to as the Comox Valley water distribution service.

Merging the six former water distribution services into one reduces the financial burden for small service areas in the case of unplanned or emergency repairs, allows for more coordinated and comprehensive planning and decision making for the entire water system and simplifies the billing process, reducing administrative costs.

Parcel Tax and Reserve Funds

Beginning in 2019, a $60 annual parcel tax will be collected in most areas to provide funds for replacing capital assets and funding system upgrades associated with the greater Comox Valley water distribution system. This will replace the frontage tax previously charged in the Comox Valley and Marsden/Camco local water service areas.

Each of the six former service areas had different amounts in their individual reserve funds. In order to ensure each area is contributing to the new reserve fund in an equitable way, some areas will be levied an equalization parcel tax. The amount will vary depending on the reserve fund in each original service area.

The equalization parcel tax will be charged until December 31, 2023, except in Sandwick service, where itwill be charged until December 31, 2028.

Arden Road

The properties that were formerly in the Arden water local service area had previously contributed to its reserve fund to a sufficient level and no annual parcel tax is required until 2027.

Comox Valley

All properties that were already in the Comox Valley water local service area will be assessed the annual $60 parcel tax. This will replace the frontage tax previously charged in the Comox Valley local water service area.

No equalization parcel tax will be collected. A 5.25% Province of BC collection fee will be added to the annual parcel tax.

England Road

All properties that were formerly in the England Road water local service area will be assessed the $60 parcel tax and an equalization parcel tax. The equalization parcel tax for England Road properties is $88, which will be collected from each parcel until 2023.

The total annual parcel tax amount for properties formerly in the England Road service area will be $148, plus a 5.25% Province of BC collection fee.

Additionally, those applicable property owners in the England Road service will continue to pay $489 annually for the original debt, which will be retired in 2020.

Greaves Crescent

All properties that were formerly in the Greaves Crescent water distribution service will be assessed the $60 parcel tax and an equalization parcel tax. The equalization parcel tax for Greaves Crescent properties is $13, which will be collected from each parcel until 2023.

The total annual parcel tax amount for properties formerly in the Greaves Crescent service area will be $73, plus a 5.25% Province of BC collection fee.

Marsden/Camco

The properties that were formerly in the Marsden/Camco water local service area had previously contributed to its reserve fund to sufficient a level and no annual parcel tax is required until 2024.

Sandwick

All properties that were formerly in the Sandwick water local service area will be assessed the $60 parcel tax and an equalization parcel tax. The equalization parcel tax for Sandwick properties is $197, which will be collected from each parcel until 2028.

The total annual parcel tax amount for properties formerly in the Sandwick service area will be $257, plus a 5.25% Province of BC collection fee.

Water consumption charges will continue to apply with utility bills issued three times each year.
 

Updating Online Payment Information for your Utility Bills

All water utility account numbers that began with 306, 309, 311, 314 and 317 now begin with 305. Homeowners who pay their utility bills to the CVRD through an online bill payment service will need to update the payee information in their banking app with their revised 13-digit account number.

Background Documents and Reports

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