Municipal finances in Ontario—growing water charges, too

While there is a growing property tax burden in Ontario, what’s often left out of the discussion is the parallel rise in separate water and sewer/wastewater charges. The BMA Management Consulting Group’s annual municipal studies present data on average residential household water and sewer charges. These charges have actually grown at a faster annual rate than residential property taxes since 2005.The two charts below present the residential average household water and wastewater charges for 33 major Ontario communities in 2015 and their average annual growth rates between 2005 and 2015. The charge ranges from a low of $406 in Mississauga

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