Again, residents are faced with an unfair and unreasonable rate increase. And to add insult to injury, the increase will be retroactive.
Saanich and CRD are increasing rates due to reduced water use and revenue in 2015 because of water restrictions applied by local municipalities. Any rate increase to all residents to recover revenue in this situation is totally unreasonable, especially for the residents and businesses who adhered to the water restrictions forced on them because of reduced precipitation.
There should be a way to apply an increase to those residents and businesses who did not adhere/ignored the restrictions. There are ways to determine those who kept sprinklers going every morning and evening, rain and shine. They are in part responsible for wasting much of our water supply. Those are the residents and businesses who should be responsible for recovering the revenue needed to support the municipalities.