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Water and wastewater rate in Vaughan going up almost 10 per cent
March 12, 2015
By Adam Martin-Robbins

It’s not just your property tax bill that is going up this year.

You’ll also be paying more to take a shower, wash your clothes and flush the toilet.

The combined water and wastewater rate, set by the City of Vaughan and the Region of York, is to be jacked up to $3.391 per cubic metre from $3.0856 per cubic metre, an increase of 9.9 per cent.

That translates into an extra $91.59 a year - or $7.63 per month - for the average user who consumes about 300 cubic metres per year, according to a city staff report.

The rate hike is expected to generate an additional $12.8 million for the water and wastewater system.

Of the 9.9 per cent increase, about 6.4 per cent comes from the region while 3.5 per cent is driven by the city.

The increase is slated to take effect in the billing cycle after the budget is granted final approval.