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Friday, October 18, 2019

No Bag Tag Fee Increase in Brockton

Brockton | by Robyn Garvey  

Council removes proposed hike from 2020 fees and charges by-law.

Brockton Council has approved the new municipal fees and charges for 2020, however one of the proposed fee increases was pulled from the motion before approval.

Brockton bag tags will not be going up in price after all.

Council rejected a staff recommendation to increase the bag tag fees from $2 to $2.50.

Deputy Mayor Dan Gieruszak admits that bag tags are always a contentious issue, adding that whenever the bag tag prices rise you always notice a few more bags of garbage pitched along the country side.

Gieruszak adds that increasing the bag tags also puts additional financial strain on larger families.

He says even when you recycle and compost, larger families are going to have more waste than smaller families.

Another reason to reject the proposed bag tag hike is the fact that the majority of Councillors felt Brockton's bag tags should mirror the same bag tag cost of Hanover's, as the two municipalities share the Hanover Walkerton Landfill Site.
In past years, Gieruszak says Brockton has had a higher bag tag price than Hanover which also caused contention.

Hanover's bag tags remain at 2 dollars.

Councillors also noted that bag tags are another form of taxation, albeit it through a user system, but most did not want to raise the price any higher for Brockton residents.

As such Brockton's bag tags will remain at 2 dollars a piece, they have been frozen at this price since 2012.
 

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