The City of Toronto’s Budget Committee will debate two staff reports that recommend increasing water and solid waste rates in the New Year.
Water rates are set to increase 9% across the board, meaning an average increase of about $87 per household.
Garbage rates are also set to rise according to your bin size. Households with small bins will see an increase of $6.72 and households with the largest bins will see an increase of $12.85.
“One thing we know is that Torontonians want clean, reliable, fresh water. We also know that we have to invest in our infrastructure and Torontonians know that, to fix, we have storm water problems, to fix pipes and also to keep our lakes clean. This is a necessary investment that’s required to be made to achieve those objectives. “said chair of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee Denzil Minnan-Wong in response to the 9% water rate hike.
Minnan-Wong says the July 8th, 2013 storm which dumped more than 120 mm of rain on the city in a two hour span, showed just how much work Toronto’s storm water infrastructure needs.
In addition to raising residential and commercial garbage rates, city staff is once again suggesting that new fees be brought in for charities, institutions and religious groups, all of which are currently exempt from solid waste fees after council voted to suspend such fee collection for 2013.
The plan is to phase in collection fees for these organizations by January 1st, 2017.
The reports go to the city's Budget Committee on November 6th.