The Town of Portugal Cove-St. Phillips is looking at water metering for homes to try to lower water taxes for some residents.
Right now, property owners are charged a flat rate regardless of how much water a household uses.
That’s caused issues for some property owners who must continue paying taxes for properties that aren’t being used.
In one case, a resident was forced to pay $500 dollars in water taxes on a vacant property that was owned by his deceased brother.
Deputy Mayor Gavin Will says they’re exploring whether water metering could be the answer.
He says they’re obligated by law to charge water taxes and water meters may be a way to make the process fairer.
The town is planning public consultations to discuss the proposed changes.