And in another shocking announcement today, all 15 PAP town councils will be raising the cost of service and conservancy charges come June this year for all homes, shops and offices located in their districts.
The increase will take place over 2 years.
From 1 June this year, residents of PAP town councils will have to pay between S$0.50 to S$9.00 more per month depending on flat type.
From 1 June 2018, there will be another increase of between S$0.50 to S$8.00 which residents must pay.
That means residents could pay up to S$17 per month after the fee hikes.
For shops offices, the first round of increase of will see an increase in S$0.09 to S$0.27 per sq metre.
The next round of increase will see owners paying another S$0.05 to S$0.21 per sq metre.
Markets and food stalls will pay an extra S$2.70 to S$23.00 per month in the first round of increase, and another S$2.50 to S$17.50 in the second round.
The 15 PAP-run town councils are: Ang Mo Kio, Bishan-Toa Payoh, Chua Chu Kang, East Coast-Fengshan, Holland-Bukit Panjang, Jalan Besar, Jurong-Clementi, Marine Parade, Marsiling-Yew Tee, Nee Soon, Pasir Ris-Punggol, Sembawang, Tanjong Pagar, Tampines and West Coast.
The WP-run Aljunied-Hougang Town Council hasn’t announced any S&CC hike.
The government has explained that the S&CC price hike is necessary to keep up with rising costs of maintaining estates.
Such costs include cleaning costs, pest control costs, and the injection of money into town councils’ sinking funds for lift maintenance.