The Municipal Act 2001, S.O. 2001, c.25 as amended, Part XII, Section 391, 392, 394 and 396 as well as Regulation 244/02 and the Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. P.13, as amended Section 69 provides the authority to impose user fees and charges for services provided for and on behalf of the municipality.
The purpose of a User Fees and Charges is to recover costs incurred as a result of services provided by the municipality. Most services are as a result of an individual or group needs and not beneficial to the community as a whole. Those services are calculated to recovery costs to provide the services.
By passing a By-law for the Tariff on Planning Applications and a motion for User Fees and Charges, the Township may impose a fee for cost related services. Such a fee or charge ensures that funds are collected for services provided and not to impose additional costs on the taxpayers not directly benefiting from the service.
During the annual budget process, these user fees and charges are reviewed and amended accordingly, to ensure that cost recovery is reviewed and achieved on an economy of scale.