A recent mailout to residents highlighting their monthly tax bill was made in error -- a mistake that will cost the city as much as $8,000.
During Mondayâ€™s executive committee meeting, Coun. Charlene Miller requested the expense to be made public, and by Friday the expenses were detailed in an online agenda for the Jan. 14 city council meeting.
With incorrect figures appearing on more than 9,000 prepayment notices that were mailed out, a second mail-out had to correct the misinformation.
Paper and printing costs for 9,216 copies at 1.31 cents per copy was about $121.
Envelopes and posting for 9,116 copies at 76.6 cents per envelope were $6,983, bringing the total to $7,104.
This doesnâ€™t factor in staffing costs, which city finance director Joe Day estimates consisted of five staff for five hours of the day, amounting to about $625, bringing the cost between $7,000 and $8,000.
With Canada Post upping the cost of postage from 63 cents for a typical envelope to 85 cents by March 31, the city is poised to reexamine their mail-out practices in the near future.