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Start recalculating your budget: Toronto garbage, water fees going up in 2016

CityNews | posted Thursday, Dec 10th, 2015

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Get ready to pay more for garbage collection and water if you live in Toronto. Fees for both are going up next year.

The average homeowner will pay an extra $72 for water and an additional $244 in garbage fees. That’s just for the use of a small bin. A medium bin will go up to $297, $403 for a large bin, and $468 for extra-large.

City council approved the 2016 increases on Wednesday, the first day of their final meeting of 2015.

They also approved a plan to partner with a third party to raise the money necessary to save a 350-year-old red oak. Saving the tree would require buying the property from the homeowner and turning the area into a parkette.

Day two of council starts Thursday at 9:30 a.m.

Councillors are still debating the fate of the Davenport Bridge, eliminating parking pads, and changes to travel expenses.

A full budget meeting is set for next Tuesday and the city’s financial plan set to be approved in February.

Mayor John Tory said he is considering scrapping the extra-large bin altogether in a bid to encourage recycling. However, he said, that plan is a year or two away.

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