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Macomb Twp. Residents Will Pay More for Water and Sewer in 2012-13

The board of trustees approved increases that will cost the average household about $7.61 more per month for water and sewer.

Taking a shower and watering your lawn in Macomb Township will cost more now that the Board of Trustees has approved rate increases for water and sewer.

These rate increases mean the average Macomb Township household will pay about more $7.61 per month more for water and sewer. The new rate is $2.75 per unit (a unit is about 100 cubic feet or 750 gallons) for for water and $2.62 per unit for sewer. Currently, residents pay $2.51 for water and $2.32 for sewer. 

The changes were approved at the board's Sept. 12 meeting to take effect during the 2012-2013 fiscal year, which began July 1.

The next time residents get their bills, they should notice the change. The hike was necessary because of the proposed rate increase from the city of Detroit. Many Macomb County communities – including the township – buy water from the Detroit Water and Sewer Department. As a result, the prices the township pays depends on the rates handed down from Detroit. 

Macomb Township costs for water and sewer are less than what residents living in the surrounding communities pay even with the rate increase, said Jim Van Tiflin, township engineer.

“Macomb Township is using its dollars that come in for water and sewer as efficiently as we can,” Tiflin added. 

last year, adding 54 cents to water and 31 cents to sewer.

BJ September 15, 2012 at 12:30 PM
What else is new?
whatthefrack September 15, 2012 at 02:26 PM
So, now we have to pay higher prices for lower water pressure. Oh Fun.
TomK September 15, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Why is it some businesses can water grass from a well in Macomb Twp. and homeowners cannot ?
Jenny Whalen (Editor) September 15, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Good question, TomK. Let me see what I can find out.
Frustrated Old Man September 15, 2012 at 11:15 PM
Every year, more and more! Once is was because we used too much, last year it was because we didn't use enough. Yet we still can't use it when we want.
Frank Cusumano September 17, 2012 at 01:41 AM
Email sent to Board 02/11/2011: "Does the Township intend to pocket the 15% "juice" on this latest outrageous increase, or maybe, maybe, give the residents a break? Am I going to be told, again, "its just the price of a couple cups of coffee." Does the township really need more reserves? Is anyone doing the math there?. Meanwhile, a resident of my subdivision Kimberly (name withheld), has filed bankruptcy and is seeking discharge of the $50 homeowners annual dues which we have kept the same for 14 years. Do you think she could use the money? I have forwarded the August 2010 email (DWSD Brochure linked at www.frankcusumano.com) that is brutally honest - lack of consumption is the major cost driver) which I talked about last year when I asked this same question. Is the Board going to keep coming back, year after year, for 28 years with these increases of 17% to 31%? This is going to actually accelerate (and compound) over the next 28 years. READ THE BROCHURE. Sit down with a calculator and multiple the rate by 18% - 31% increase annually. Better yet, have Plante Moran do it at their hourly rate. Show the people what their water and sewer is going to cost in 5 years, 10 years and 15 years. The more we conserve, the higher the rates. Great governance. What I love most hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil attitude of the Board and the failure to mention or discuss any options and alternatives. Just that unanimous approval. Someday I hope to hear a single nay.
Aaron Tuckfield September 17, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Frank, Just a comment - I am certainly not going to cheer on the rate increases, or the fact that MacTwp adds their %, however, people always seem to forget something: The bonds that Macomb Township takes out related to Water & Sewer have language in them that stipulates how much Macomb is supposed to charge and that starts with the purchase price. I could be mistaken, but Macomb Township couldn't NOT add that % if they wanted to. As a quick disclaimer, I could be entirely wrong about this. People never seem to want to talk on this issue much... probably because if you are a public official it is a no win situation.

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