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The Oakland County Board of Commissioners will host a series of town hall meetings beginning Wednesday night to inform residents about the proposed Great Lakes Water Authority.

The meetings are scheduled prior to the board’s Oct. 8 vote on the authority.

The authority aims to maintain Detroit’s ownership of the system while giving suburbs more of a stake in its operations. Rate increases will be capped at 4 percent over the next 10 years. Major decisions, such as rate increases, will require five of the six votes to be approved. Oakland and Wayne counties appear to be on board with the changes, although Macomb County officials have expressed displeasure with the plan.

Under the deal, the city would lease the system to the authority for 40 years in exchange for $50 million a year, with the money going to help fix the aged system.

Speaking at each town hall meeting will be Deputy County Executive Gerald Poisson and Water Resources Commissioner Jim Nash, who have been in talks with the other parties determining the water deal.

The meeting schedules are as follows:

■Wednesday, Sept. 24, 7 p.m., the Older Persons Commission of Rochester auditorium, 650 Lettica Drive.

■Thursday, Sept. 25, 7 p.m., Troy Community Center, 3179 Livernois Road, room 305.

■Monday, Sept. 29, 7 p.m., Novi Public Library, 45255 W. 10 Mile, Community Room, first floor.

■Tuesday, Sept. 30, 6 p.m., Southfield City Council Chambers, 26000 Evergreen Road.

■Wednesday, Oct. 1; 6:30 p.m., Farmington Hills City Hall gallery, 11 Mile and Orchard Lake Road.

■Thursday, Oct. 2, 7 p.m., Bloomfield Township Hall auditorium, 4200 Telegraph Road.

■Monday, Oct. 6, 6 p.m., Lathrup Village City Council Chambers, 27400 Southfield Road.

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