GLWA faces mutiny in western Wayne County over disputed Highland Park debt

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Highland Park — Eighteen communities in western Wayne County have declared they intend to withhold a portion of their water and sewer bills tied to $54 million in disputed Highland Park debt, a development one expert said could hurt the Great Lakes Water Authority with lenders.

A conference representing the western Wayne communities voted in favor of a resolution on March 11 to withhold the money after the Great Lake Water Authority earlier in the month sent letters to the leaders of its 87 other customer communities, who are being asked to pick up the arrearage. Almost half of the GLWA's 2.4% sewage rate hike is tied to Highland Park's unpaid bills and is being passed on to the authority's remaining member communities when it goes into effect July 1.