Rate hike to water and waste bills will help pay for roads

The city is proposing a hike in water and sewer rates. Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images

WINNIPEG — Winnipeggers may soon have to shell out more money for their water bills.

The city’s environmental committee is set to discuss a proposed 9.2 per cent increase for water and sewer rates, which would cost a family of four an additional $23 on their quarterly water and sewer bill.

The report also recommends rate increases of 8.9 per cent and 7.4 per cent for the  next two years.

This comes a day after the city’s 2016 preliminary budget was tabled, which proposes hikes in property tax and frontage levy fees.

The chair of the finance committee, Marty Morantt confirmed not all the money will go towards improvements to water and sewage plants.  Some of the money will be diverted to pay for roads.

“I think the fact that part of that revenue is coming from the water utility is a good thing, because it’s assisting us in accomplishing the goal.  The number one goal that the city wants.

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The city plans to put $105 million into roads this year.

READ MORE: Property taxes and frontage levy fees increasing for Winnipeggers: preliminary budget

The water rate hikes will be discussed at a city meeting on Friday.

The hike and the 2016 budget will go for a final council vote on March 22.



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