Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Water, Sewer Rate Increase Rejected by City Council

Earlier today, Detroit City Council rejected the 2009-2010 rate increases proposed by the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department. In March, DWSD proposed 5.1% water and 15.8% sewer rate increases for Detroit residents. Suburban customers would see wholesale increases of 8.9% for water and 2.4% for sewer rates.

One alternative for DWSD would be to request the U.S. District Court to order a rate increase. Judge John Feikens, who has had superintending control over the Department since 1977, has previously allowed DWSD to by-pass the Detroit City Council on such matters as approval of contracts.

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