Winnipeg to Become Much More Expensive to Live in 2017
PREPARE TO BE BROKE!!!
Bus fare, water rates, city fees, building fees, growth fees, permit fees, red-tape, Autopac rates and property taxes:
Winnipeg, Manitoba's price hikes in 2017 will slash at every dime in your wallet... Leaving you dead-broke and penniless in a city of brown water and rotting everything else... Welcome to Winnipeg! The WORST place to live in Canada 10 years in a row...
The countdown to these major fee increases is less than anticipated by Winnipeg residents... Buckle-up everyone... You're about to become even poorer because you live in Winnipeg!
A number of changes will come into effect in Winnipeg when the clock strikes midnight, including a jump in bus ticket prices and an even larger number on the water and sewer bills. Even if you live in an apartment, you'll notice these increases as the city has allowed landlords to pass along the increase to tenants.
Here's a breakdown of the significant increases to fee changes that will kick in and rob Winnipeger's of even more of their income on New Year's Day:
Water, sewer rates on the rise
Winnipeg residents will see massive increases to their water and sewer bills in the new year.
The water rate is increasing a whopping 9.2 per cent, from $1.63 to $1.78 per cubic metre per quarter. The sewer rate is also going up 6.25 per cent from $2.40 in 2016 to $2.55 in 2017. This is a HUGE 15% increase to all home-owners.
And, if that wasn't bad enough, the cost for city-owned and privately owned meters is also increasing and the annual rate for waste diversion, (which provides programs to reduce reuse and recycle), is going up by $1. How will Winnipeger's be able to afford this? That is yet unknown as the increases are unprecedented.
Property taxes on the rise, again
Total property taxes collected by the city will once again rise a killer 2.33 per cent.
This will work out to a municipal-tax hike of $348.51 for the owner of a 1,200-square-foot home.
It is expected to raise $20 million more for the city in combination with tax revenue from newly constructed properties. But, where is the money going? These increases are never explained and are on the rise year after year. yet no amount is ever enough to satisfy city hall.
An extra nickel to catch a ride
It's going to cost a lot more to take the bus in Winnipeg starting Sunday.
Regular fares on Winnipeg Transit and Handi-Transit are going up by fifth-five cents.
Riders will now have to pay $2.70, up from $2.65. Reduced and senior cash fares will be $2.20.
If you planned ahead and are worried about cashing in, 2016 bus tickets will be accepted until March 31 (plus applicable cash difference).
Autopac /MPI rate hike of 3.7 per cent on March 1
Manitoba drivers will see a 3.7 per cent overall general rate increase on basic MPI premiums.
It's the third overall rate hike from the public insurer over the past decade.
The change for basic compulsory motor vehicle premiums won't start until March 1.
Not all drivers will see the same increase on their premiums. It depends on vehicle class and driver history, according to the Manitoba Public Utilities Board.
Controversial growth fees go ahead
Mayor Brian Bowman There have been warnings of legal actions from developers but Mayor Brian Bowman's growth fees plan is going ahead in the new year. (CBC News )
There have been warnings of legal actions from developers but Mayor Brian Bowman's growth fees plan is going ahead in the new year.
The plan calls for the city to begin charging development fees — a fee of $500 for every 100 square feet of new residential space — on residential projects in a handful of designated areas at the fringes of the city on May 1 but the full expansion won't start for another year.
The year the mayor cracked open his political piggybank After additional study, the fees would be applied to industrial, commercial, institutional and office developments in 2018 and then to residential infill developments in older and mature neighbourhoods, including downtown Winnipeg, in 2019.
Property committee chair John Orlikow (River Heights-Fort Garry) estimated in October that revenue would be somewhere between $7 million and $10 million during the latter seven months of 2017.