Water bill rate increase approved

FLINT TWP. — Township residents who use public water will see an average $2-a-month increase in their water bill, effective Sept. 2.

At its Monday night meeting, the township board reluctantly approved a passthrough rate increase of 22 cents per 100 cubic feet of metered water usage.

The rate reflects an increase in rates for 2012-13 approved by the City of Detroit which controls the pipeline providing water to the Genesee County Water Supply System. That rate increase went into effect July 1.

“This is a pass-through (increase), we are not adding on any extra charges,” said Supervisor Karyn Miller. “Nobody wants to — Karyn Miller, pay more, but we can’t supplement supervisor this increase.”

Without raising water rates to meet increased costs, the township would be responsible for the difference charged by the county for the township’s 9,500 homes.

“Geez, I hate to do this,” said Trustee George Menoutes, who cast one of the four votes approving the rate increase. Trustees Belenda Parker and Barbara Vert voted no and Treasurer Sandra Wright was absent.

Parker objected to the discrepancy between the quoted $2-a-month average increase and the $3.35 charge stated on the resolution the board was being asked to approve.

Miller explained that the $3.35 was a combination of the new rate added to the old one.

But, Parker said she would not support it without clarification of the $1.35 difference stated in the resolution.

The average homeowner should see an increase of about $2 per month, according to documentation on the rate increase provided by John F. O’Brien director of county water and waste services.Township water bills are mailed quarterly.

Miller also said the rate increased does not apply to residents who use well water nor does it affect current sewer accounts.

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