Bend over, Torontonians

Toronto homeowners will pay an average of 5 per cent more for water and 2 per cent more for garbage pick-up in 2017.

City council gave final approval Thursday to the “rate-supported” budget.

The much bigger — and thornier — operating and capital budgets will not be passed until February.

Councillors voted to increase the combined water and wastewater consumption charges by 5 per cent, bumping the average residential bill from $914 this year to $960 next year.

That follows years of 9-per-cent and 8-per-cent hikes to fund upgrades in the aging water treatment system and to improve the storm sewer system after significant basement flooding became a problem in the city.

Under the plan, council is expected next year to pass another 5-per-cent hike for 2018.



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