Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Toronto Downtown, Bell VDSL Fibe
Gzinc et al:
out of fairness to Toronto Revenue, they came up with a pricing scheme originally designed to encourage households to minimize their waste (variable charge based upon volume, rebate per household), then threw in a flat-rate fee for heavy item pickup for furniture and appliances and the like - basically to increase revenue within the pricing set by independents such as 1-800-***-junk. Of course that makes it more difficult to understand their billings, especially when they change rates in arrears.
Water being on the same billing, they have to match (re)billing periods for the two services, although there has been talk about splitting the billings.
Comes down to simplicity vs. idealistic incentives (ditto for water meters vs. flat rate charges).
But to revert to OP's complaint, yes, politicians should come clean on real-world effective rate increases.
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