Water Rates Going Up
If you live in Toronto, your water bill is going up 9% next year.
City council has approved the 2013 water budget which will see the average home pay an extra $67 dollars.
It's the eighth year that rates have jumped by 9% in order to pay for aging infrastructure. There is another 9% increase slated for next year with further increases expected to be close to the rate of inflation.
The city says water rates are still lower than other municipalities in the area.
Next year's waste budget was also approved by council on Wednesday and garbage fees in 2013 will be frozen, which has been attributed by the Chair of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee Denzil Minnan-Wong to savings from contracting out garbage west of Yonge St.
Critics have said not raising rates limits efforts to increase recycling.
Council voted not to charge charitable and non-profit groups that had been eligible for garbage fee exemptions in the past.