Water dept. to hold 2nd public hearing on rate hike

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

Detroit — Detroit water commissioners Wednesday will hold the second of three public hearings on proposed increases for water and service in Metro Detroit.

The first public hearing was held Feb. 25. Activists and retired city workers told commissioners they oppose the rate hikes.

Wednesday’s 1 p.m. hearing will be held in the commissioners’ board room on the fifth floor of the Water Board Building in downtown Detroit.

The third and final public hearing on the rate increases for the next fiscal year is scheduled for 1 p.m. next Wednesday and will also be held in board room. The seven-member board is expected to vote on the rates after the hearing.

Last month, water department officials presented the proposed rates, which increase water service an average of 9.3 percent this year. Under the plan, rates for the 2015-16 fiscal year will rise 3.4 percent for Detroit customers and 11.3 percent for suburban users, on average.

Once the board sets the rates, the Detroit City Council must sign off on them. The rates would go into effect July 1, the same day a newly created regional water authority begins partial oversight of the system.

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