Iqaluit water, garbage bills to start rising this January
Water subsidy to disappear by 2021
Iqaluit city council plans to pass a bylaw amendment that would increase the cost of water, garbage and other municipal services starting Jan. 8.
To balance the water fund deficit, city council will slowly shrink a residential water subsidy rate over three years, also starting January 2019.
While the plan had been for the changes to take effect Jan. 1, the bylaw amendments only reached second reading on Dec. 11, the last city council meeting this year.
The amended bylaw is scheduled to be read a third time and passed Jan. 8, so the city says these changes should go into effect as of Jan. 8.
Currently, all residents receive a $0.013 subsidy per litre on the water they use, which is applied to the actual residential water rate of $0.02 that the city charges.
As of Jan. 8, the subsidy applied to residential water rate will become $0.01.
By next July 31, it will fall to $0.008, and in January 2020, the subsidy will be just $0.006.
The subsidy reductions will continue the pattern of reducing the amount by $0.002 each July 31 and Jan, 1 until it reaches zero on July 31, 2021.
When it comes to garbage pick-up in Iqaluit, residents currently pay $38.48 each month but in the new year, it will increase by over $10 to $50.79 a month.
The difference in cost for garbage pick-up will increase for commercial and government buildings.
Right now, businesses and government buildings pay $384.78 per unit for garbage pick-up six days a week—that will increase to $507.91.
If they choose to get a pick-up just twice a week in 2018, it has been $256.52 per unit. That fee will rise to $338.61 in the new year.
The other changes to the fees and charges bylaw are services that have been added to the document, including an official municipal fee.
In emergency services, some added items are: a standby fee of $500 per day, a $75 fee for each search per file when it comes to non-mandated fire inspections, reports or investigations, and a $100 charge per hour for requested fire inspections.
There are also new fees for emergency training services. Rent for the emergency services training centre will now be $500 per day, while renting the outdoor training ground will be $250 per day. Fire apparatus for training purposes will be $400 per day plus expenses.
The only other new categories in the charges and fees bylaw are sections for towing, impound and storage of ATVs and snowmobiles. Towing for both will be $180, impound and storage will be $20 with a $15 administrative fee.