A large hike to your water bill is one step closer to fruition.
The city’s executive policy committee approved a plan to increase your bill by nine per cent this year. That’s about $69 for the average household for the rest of 2016.
It would go up again by about $100 next year and another $92 in 2018.
Mayor Brian Bowman says the reason for the hike is the need for major upgrades to the water and sewer system, in part to meet new licensing requirements put in place by the province.
He says he will be checking with the new government to see if those requirements will remain.
Full council still needs to approve the increases.
EPC also supported a motion to consult Winnipeggers about how they want their organics recycled.
The motion came after strong opposition to an idea to charge $100 more per household per year for curbside compost pickup.
Bowman says the debate has been feisty and they want to hear all ideas before proposing a plan.
“As you heard today and you’ve heard for the last number of weeks and months, there’s very different views on that and we want to make sure we get all those views on the table before we make any decisions,” he said.
Bowman also congratulated the Progressive Conservatives on their victory in the provincial election.
He says he is looking forward to sitting down to discuss infrastructure with Brian Pallister.