Saanich council has ratified higher rates for sewer, water and garbage pickup.
Pending any adjustments during the budget cycle, average homeowners will see their sewer rates rise $49 — or 10.52 per cent — in 2019 over 2018, rising from $466 to $514.
Saanich’s water rates, meanwhile, will rise 1.51 per cent — or $7 annually for the ‘average’ homeowner to help cover “non-discretionary” higher labour costs, higher utility costs and other fees.
Saanich residents will also have to pay more for garbage pick-up. Under the system, Saanich residents pay a base fee for solid waste services with the proposed rate for 2019 reaching $127.50. They also pay cart fees that fund the collection and disposal of garbage and organic waste based on cart size and type of garbage.
Under the proposed fees, homeowners will pay at least $181.50 and up to $240.48 dollars. In 2018, they paid $174.60 to $231.60.