Q3 Financial Update Consolidated Funding Surplus/(Deficit) Review
(in thousands of dollars)
Water and Wastewater
Water and Wastewater Services surplus of $540 (0.68 per cent of budget) is due to a combination of savings from: personnel vacancies in wastewater operator and administrative roles; a reduction/deferral of consulting services due to staff resources being fully utilized on other projects at this time with limited capacity for additional consulting assignments; and higher than anticipated budgeted water sales. Offsetting these savings are: higher than budgeted utility costs due to increased rates; higher than budgeted maintenance costs for a lagoon cleaning at the Garner Road Biosolids facility and higher than budgeted maintenance costs for digester repairs at the Niagara Falls wastewater treatment plant.
It is recommended that the forecasted funding surplus of $540 for water and wastewater go to the water and wastewater stabilization reserves.
|Operating Funding Surplus||$540|
|% of total budget||0.68%|
|% of rate revenue||-0.50%|
Water and Wastewater Consolidated Statement of Operations
Waste Management Services surplus of $3,740 (7.63 per cent of budget) is primarily due to: an increase in the Waste Diversion Ontario funding received for the Blue Box Program; an increase in tipping fees received at the Humberstone and Niagara Road 12 landfills; lower than anticipated number of organic tonnes being delivered to Walker Industries; the annual collection contract escalations being lower than budgeted; reduced leachate volumes being treated due to below-average rainfall; the closure of the Bridge Street landfill; lower than budgeted operational costs for the Household Hazardous Waste depots; and the deferral of two studies until post 2016.
The sustainable savings identified from the Q3 variance analysis will be reflected in the 2017 budget.
It is recommended that the forecasted funding surplus for waste management be addressed in the year end transfer report to consider options for stabilization and future liability reserves as noted in the 2017 budget report.
|Operating Funding Surplus||$3,740|
|% of total budget||7.63%|
|% of rate revenue||-10.60%|
Waste Management Consolidated Statement of Operations
Levy supported services are forecasting a surplus of $2,498 (0.36 per cent of budget), a result of $4,022 in additional revenues primarily due to: additional investment income; supplemental taxes being higher than budgeted; employee group health and dental plan net surplus; and an increase in demand for NRPS special duty services. These additional revenues are offset by compensations costs in NRPS and other Regional departments.
Levy supported boards and agencies are forecasting a deficit before indirect allocations of $278.
|Operating Funding Surplus||$2,498|
|% of total budget||0.36%|
|% of levy revenue||-0.74%|
Levy Consolidated Statement of Operations
Staff will continue to closely monitor revenues and spending in order to minimize any deficits and take corrective action as required or where appropriate. The net levy surplus/deficit will be addressed in accordance with the Council approved Surplus/Deficit Policy at year-end. Final allocation of the year end surplus/deficit is subject to approval by Council projected to occur in early 2017.
It is important to note that there are certain risks to the above forecast including:
- Legal liability could fluctuate at year end depending on claims status
- Results of current collective bargaining are unknown
- Line of sight on supplemental taxes, payments-in-lieu, and assessment appeals are limited as all information for these items are not provided by the local area municipalities until year end. To this extent the forecast for these items remains at budget.