Water and Garbage Tax Hikes Coming Next Year

(December 10, 2011 )

City of Vancouver staffers are recommending a hike of nearly 10% for water and sewer services, along with a 5.7% increase for garbage collection next year.  The adjustment is proposed to help pay for the new $800 million Seymour-Capilano water filtration plant, and to replace city sewer lines.  This is part of Vancouver's long term plan of stopping raw sewage from draining into surrounding waterways during major rainstorms.  The increase will be going to before the city council next week. 

According to the News 1130 website, on average the change means over $80 more in utility taxes for Vancouver homeowners in 2012.