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Warren Scott APPROVED RATE INCREASES – On Monday, Toronto council approved the second readings of the city’s water, sewer and waste rate increases.

TORONTO – Further action was taken Monday to raise the city’s water, sewer and garbage tariffs by the Toronto Council, which also updated the city code outlining the roles and duties of staff municipal.

Council approved second reading of an ordinance raising the city’s minimum water rate from $ 25 to $ 30.50 and its minimum sewer rate from $ 25 to $ 35, both of which came into effect on 1 December.

Both rates are based on using 2,000 gallons of water per month or less. Customers who use more water will pay $ 9.50 per 1,000 gallons thereafter. This rate is up $ 8.50.

Plans call for the minimum sewer rate to be increased again to $ 35, and the minimum water rate to $ 31, both in 2023.

At that time, the rate per 1,000 gallons for those using more than 2,000 gallons will be increased to $ 10.

The monthly bill for the city’s household garbage customers is expected to drop from $ 13.75 to $ 15 in December and to $ 15.50 in 2023.

The rate hikes are pending approval of a third and final rate hike by the board at its October 25 meeting.

City officials said revenues for the three departments had not kept up with rising operating costs, with the water department currently running a deficit of $ 125,000.

The heads of these departments cited upcoming projects and needs, including the federally mandated replacement of old lead water lines and the separation of combined sewer and storm water lines leading to the Ohio River. .

They are also planning to replace the city’s garbage truck, a 2003 model. At an estimated cost of $ 156,000.

While moving forward with the rate increases, city officials are also considering $ 351,342 in federal pandemic relief funds coming to the city and looking for grants and loans to offset the costs. projects.

In other cases, the council has approved an ordinance updating its organizational chart following efforts by its newly formed staff committee, city attorney Craig Allen and others to update the code detailing the responsibilities and duties of various posts in the city.

The changes included tasks performed in recent years by a police dispatcher who also performs some secretarial duties and the dropping of the residency requirement for the city’s summer aid.

Council chairman Frank McEwen said the latter was motivated by the difficulty of getting a sufficient number of certified lifeguards from the city alone.

The council also met in executive session to discuss ongoing disputes involving city property, but took no action thereafter.

City Councilor Steve Rebich said the recreation council made up of city and school board representatives will meet today at 6 p.m. at the Karaffa Recreation Center to discuss the future of the Roosevelt Center.

The old school gymnasium served as the city’s recreation center until the old Karafffa Primary School was transferred to the city by the school board in 2019.

General Councilor GR Dickinson announced that the board finance committee will meet at 6 p.m. on October 25, one hour before the next board meeting.

Members also agreed to formally express their sympathy to the family of the late Larry Coppa Jr., former 4th Ward Councilor and Director of City Services, who died on August 31 at the age of 76.

(Scott can be contacted at [email protected])

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