In the last story I read in this paper about the cost of bringing natural gas to the three municipalities, it was $100 million - up $10 million from this summer. Who knows what the cost will be when it finally gets done?
I went online and found a website that contained information from the 2011 census. I am using only the large towns, as getting a gas pipeline to a rural home would be too expensive. The towns I have included are Kincardine, Tiverton, Chesley, Paisley, Tara, Lucknow and Ripley. In these towns there are approximately 7,000 buildings. Divide that into $100 million and you get over $14,000 per building. Wow!
I found a blog site with people who had gas connected to their homes in the last year; the cost was approximately $2,000 including the meter. They also said they installed new gas furnaces at the same time, to the tune of $4,000 not including new duct work, new chimneys to accommodate gas fumes or masonry (as chimneys cannot be used for gas). So far, this comes to a total of $20,000 per building minimum - if everything goes well. Some homes in these towns may have to have major ductwork to accommodate a new gas furnace; if they have electrical heating they may not be able to have a furnace at all and will have to install another type of appliance. Others who have propane appliances will have to convert them to natural gas. The total for some homes could run $30,000.
And where are you going to get the companies to hook up all the homes? We can’t get a plumber to come to our home for days after you call them now.
The populations of these communities are approximately 45 per cent retired people. How would they like $14,000 added to their tax bill even if they don’t hook up to the gas pipeline? The next thing the towns will hit you with is a surcharge if you don’t hook up because they are not selling enough gas to cover their costs; you will be paying for gas you are not using.
Where can we get a guy like Rob Ford?