When we talk about hikes to property taxes, water bills and user fees, we often think about our own salaries to see if they’re in line.
Mayor Jim Watson is promising to cap annual property tax increases at 2% if he’s re-elected. He suggested that user fees should be in the range of inflation, although he made no promise on the fees today.
When it comes to water and sewer rates, Watson (though he said he’d like to see them lower) didn’t sound like he was willing to make any changes to a plan already in motion.
Then there are the charges outside of City Hall jurisdiction. Other utilities. Food. Gas.
It adds up.
So what’s our salary forecast for 2015?
I found a handful of national projections, although nothing necessarily specific to the City of Ottawa. All suggest salaries are expected to increase more than 2.5%.
Maybe you’re one of those lucky ones.
Here are those studies or related articles:
Conference Board of Canada: http://www.conferenceboard.ca/e-library/abstract.aspx?did=6485