Monday, November 7, 2011

Water rates going up again

TORONTO - Water rates are poised to go up 9% for Toronto residents next year but there will be no garbage fee hike.

A report going to the city’s budget committee on Thursday recommends the water hike - part of a planned annual 9% increase every year until 2014 to help fix the city’s aging water infrastructure.

Public Works chairman Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong attributed the residential garbage rate freeze to city council’s decision to contract out more of Toronto’s trash collection.

CUPE Local 416 president Mark Ferguson, whose union represents the city’s garbage workers, said the city should be looking at a reduction in the garbage rate “if in fact the (contracting out) numbers are true.”

“I think we all realize those numbers are a fallacy,” Ferguson said.

“I think it is rather strange that the city would claim savings but not pass it on to taxpayers,” he added.

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