Municipal Utility Rates and Franchise Fees
By Tim Duhamel, Ryan Musch
Non-tax supported revenues are important funding sources for municipalities. This webinar will cover the basics of utility regulations, as well as the franchise fee methodology.
- Utility rate legislation, regulations, and methodology
- Utility rate bylaw explained – improve your utility rate bylaw and ensure it covers the necessary requirements
- Utility rate math explained – utility rate modelling – capital planning and utility rates – the fundamental methodology and calculations involved in the development of the utility rate
- Franchise fee basics – methodology, process, implementation
- Using franchise fees as a revenue tool – how franchise fees can be used to diversify the municipal revenue base
- Communicating utility rates and franchise fees to Council and the public
PD Credits: 1.5
Updated: Oct 7, 2020
About the Author
Tim Duhamel is the founder and President of Bloom Centre of
He is a municipal veteran whose career has spanned over 21 years.
His passion is creating educational material and conducting lectures for municipal professionals. He has lectured as far away as Kiev, Ukraine for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.
About the Author
Ryan Musch is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and
Accounting Supervisor for the Town of Redwater.
He has private sector experience in the construction industry as a Senior Job Cost Accountant, Intermediate Accountant, and Project Coordinator.
His passion is working in the management accounting and performance management fields of accounting.
Having a clear and effective utility rate bylaw is a critical requirement for municipalities in charge of a utility. Learn about utility rate legislation, regulations and methodology, utility rate bylaw, and utility rate math (utility rate modelling – capital planning and utility rates).
In today’s turbulent environment, municipalities are increasingly challenged with meeting budget shortfalls – adding tools to the revenue basket is an important part of long-term financial sustainability. Learn about franchise fee basics, using franchise fees as a revenue tool, and effective communication explaining the rationale for these fees.
Learn the fundamentals of utilities service delivery, and how utilities work in the municipal environment
How to improve your utility rate bylaw and ensure it covers the necessary requirements
Learn the fundamental methodology and calculations involved in the development of the utility rate – examples and templates provided
Learn the fundamentals associated with municipal franchise fees – the basic theory and process requirements for review, implementation, and maintenance of municipal franchise fees
How franchise fees can be used to diversify the municipal revenue base
How effective communication explaining the rationale for these fees is an important consideration
Who Should Attend?
A unique professional development experience that has benefit for all municipal staff, including small, medium and large municipalities!
The webinar focus is on the professional development needs of any municipal financial professional and senior executive.
BLOOM can customize courses for your needs.
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