In a meeting on Tuesday morning, to discuss the 2012 budget, the Environment Committee of the City of Ottawa said a 6 per cent increase in service rates for water and sewer will be implemented this year, which could be followed by further increases in the future.
Residents should see their bills rise by 6 per cent this year, an increase of $ 37.82, according to figures provided by the city. The average bill per household would thus be $ 668 in 2012.
The Environment Committee will fund infrastructure projects and refurbishment of the water network in Ottawa. Which will cost approximately $2.1 billion over 10 years.
The increase would continue in subsequent years, with an increase of seven per cent in 2013 and 2014 and six per cent in 2015 and 2016, according to projections presented to the committee meeting.
(Translated by Catherine Kitts)
** Correction notice **
Yesterday, the Orléans Star reported that Mayor Jim Watson, promised in 2011 to maintain the growth of water and sewer bills to four per cent per year. This fact was incorrect. No such promise was ever made by the mayor. The Environment Committee simply anticipated increases of four per cent a year until the next city election in 2014. The Mayor's promise was to keep taxes below 2.5 per cent.