By Arthur White-Crummey, CBC Ottawa, November 9, 2023
...Then there are some costs that shoot up more if the budget passes — sometimes much more. The city says fee increases are in line with the cost of providing services.
Here are some examples:
- The base OC Transpo fare would go up 2.5 per cent, bringing a single ride from $3.70 to $3.80 by card. Paying with cash still would cost a nickel more. Some transit costs would rise more: the price of a one-day pass would shoot up 4.4 per cent, reaching $11.75.
- Garbage user fees would increase 11.5 per cent for a single family household from $130 to $145. Tipping fees for the landfill would go up 9.2 per cent for loads under 250 kilograms.
- Maximum on-street parking rates would go up 12.5 per cent from $4 to $4.50. Staff can vary specific rates, but council sets the upper limit.
- The cost of a permit to cut down a distinctive tree would rise 7.4 per cent where no development is taking place, reaching $174. With development, the price rises by 27 per cent.