Winnipeg water rates frozen for 2019

Winnipeg city authorities taking care of its citizens in many ways and one of them is controlling the utility rates. The constant raise of household bills will make a negative effect on every Winnipegger, future voters. City council voted Thursday to scrap a planned $60 hike for homeowners this year.

The proposed increase and future hikes are needed to pay for wastewater projects, including the estimated $1.8 billion for upgrades at the North End sewage plant.

Winnipeg mayor and a few members of the council say they can’t raise the rates until they get confirmation from other levels of government on funding support for the upgrades.

To remind you, the province’s Public Utilities Board (PUB) announced that natural gas prices would increase from February 1st, 2019.

PUB approved the application of Centra Gas Manitoba Inc. on the rate hike. New tariffs will come up to $0.091 per cubic meter compared to the current $0.083 per cubic meter.

This means an increase of about 2.3 percent or about $16 a year for the average consumer, PUB said.

Natural gas prices are revised quarterly by PUB and next time they will be revised in May of 2019. So the next natural gas price hike will possibly happen in a couple of months.

Bowman announced that the new city budget could feature such an increase in property tax, for reducing $40-million gap which was formed due to the violating of financing agreements by the province government. This increase is 7.1% higher than he promised during the election race.

The mayor noted that the reduction in provincial funding left the city only three options - hike property tax rates, cut planned infrastructure projects or add debt to cover the shortfall.

So the water rates will stay at the same level as we have now throughout 2019.

Bowman announces a possible increase of property tax
water bill city council mayor Bowman
If you notice an error, highlight the text you want and press Ctrl + Enter to report it to the editor
I recommend
No recommendations yet

Comments

Post your comment to communicate and discuss this article.

Crime
On Tuesday, March 19th approximately at 12:00, the Winnipeg police received a message about a carjacking in the area of Burrows Avenue and McPhillips Street. The victim, a 65-year-old woman, reported that when she stopped at a red light, an unknown man sat in the front seat of her car, grabbed her wrist and told her to go. The suspect took out a knife, and the victim, fearing for her safety, followed the carjacker demands. The victim took the suspect to va...
Incidents
On Monday, March 18th a terrible accident happened on northbound Isabel Street between Ross Avenue and Logan Avenue. First responders were called and had to attend a child and woman are in critical condition after they were hit by a car near the Slaw Rebchuk Bridge. The witnesses, who were on the scene said that it appeared to involve a young girl no more than five, and her mother. A four-year-old girl has died from injuries after being hit by a car on Mon...
Politics
Winnipeg is a great and constantly growing city. Our city authorities recognize a need for constant growth and development as the city`s population grows every year. The City of Winnipeg tabled its budget for 2019 on Friday, March 1st. Some of the highlights include a regular tax rise, but a decrease in roads spending by $29.6 million to $86.4 million. Despite hints of a massive property tax increase, Mayor Brian Bowman said it wasn’t fair for city taxpaye...
Society
Winnipeg starts road repair. Spring is already in the city. The snow is melting and it is getting warmer day by day. However, besides joyful emotions, the onset of the spring can bring such unpleasant things as bad roads. In this regard, the city is actively starting to repair them and to prepare for the flood. City crews are actively working to eliminate potholes on the roads. Now, they are concentrating on the main streets of the city and on the streets...
Society
Bear Clan Patrol found used needles in the West End when the snow began to melt. Spring is in the city. The snow begins to melt and the inhabitants of the city come out of their houses to spend more time outside. However, many of them can see not a very nice surprise on the ground in the form of used needles. Melting snow shows that Winnipeg's meth epidemic is still relevant. Bear Clan has already found several needles and the organization thinks that ther...
Society
The number of threats, violent assaults and patients with meth-induced psychosis is growing rapidly in city hospitals. A Code White is used when in cases of violence or aggression in the hospital, or when a staff member thinks he needs help. Last month, three Winnipeg hospitals called this code a record number of times. As statistics show, Code Whites were called four times less often in 2017 than in 2018.  Krista Williams from Winnipeg Regional Health Aut...
Society
A woman who was sexually exploited in the youth said the report into Tina Fontaine's death misses the mark. Isabel Daniels says that closing children is not the solution. This can lead to much worse consequences. Daniels is strongly against a recommendation to extend involuntary confinement for youth in imminent danger of harm. The woman is the head of 24/7. This is a subcommittee of people who have experienced sexual exploitation and fight to have a norma...
Society
About 20 local schools will receive bike cages this spring. This will be possible thanks to a partnership between the Green Action Centre and the City. As the statistics show, the number of bike thefts has grown by more than 80% over the past 5 years. This situation probably contributed to the fact that children stopped riding bikes to and from their schools. Secure bike parking is the first step to make bike riding again popular among students and parents...
Crash
On Monday a scary accident happened at the intersection of Goulet Street and Tache Avenue. As per witnesses on the scene, one vehicle collided with another at the intersection and the second vehicle crashed into a corner building. As of now, there is no information about injured among those involved in a crash, as well as no statement from police about the reasons for the accident. Unfortunately, many accidents still happen in Winnipeg every, despite the w...