Your wallet is about to be a little lighter due to fee increases for a number of services in Saskatchewan that will add nearly $18 million to the province’s bottom line.
“There is no one specific overarching reason for fee increases or changes. Each ministry or agency deals with a number of programs and has expenses and costs to recover, or in some cases partially recover, in the administration of programs,” Finance Minister Donna Harpauer said in an email.
“There are other aspects to consider when it comes to fees, for example, to deter dangerous behaviour like speeding or to encourage on time payments or filing of data that is complete to ensure regulations are being administered appropriately.”
The biggest increase is the $10.2 million generated from the two-cent increase to the fee placed on refundable beverage containers.
The environmental handling charges will now cost consumers five cents for tetra cartons, seven cents for aluminum cans, eight cents for plastic jugs/bottles and nine cents for glass containers. The changes take effect April 1.
The second largest hike is the price of a speeding ticket.
A $30 increase on the base amount of all speeding tickets, plus the extra amount per kilometre travelled in excess of the speed limit will double. The province is also increasing the charge for late payment of all traffic-related fines by $10, so it will now cost $60. These changes will take effect May 1.
Altogether the changes will add about $17.7 million to the General Revenue Fund (GRF) in 2018-19, and about $784,000 in revenue to non-GRF agencies and funds — the Water Security Agency, Commercial Revolving Fund and Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority.