Saline City Council Approves Water Bill Increases

 01/14/2014 - 17:17
The typical Saline residential homeowner will see quarterly bills increase about 5 percent to $199 in 2014. The rates are based on a study by TetraTech, which calls for further increases in each of the next three years, up to $227.50 a quarter by 2017.

Saline City Council approved a resolution adopting new residental water and sewer rates at Monday's meeting.

The typical residential homeowner will see quarterly bills increase about 5 percent to $199 in 2014. The rates are based on a study by TetraTech, which calls for further increases in each of the next three years, up to $227.50 a quarter by 2017.

Mayor Brian Marl said the rates in the study are benchmarks that can adjusted as time goes on.

Councilor Dean Girbach said while the city's rates are higher than those paid in some communities, it's important for the city to have control over its water system.

“We have good clean water to use and we own our own system,” Girbach said. “It's a great benefit to the community.”

City Manager Campbell said the city can use TetraTech's study as a model, annually modifying rates as circumstances change.

Future capital projects, potential loss of a major water user, and money for maintenance are all factors in the higher rates.

Here's are the rates from the TetraTech study.

Billing Year

Quarterly Bill

% Increase

June, 2013

$189.59

 

June, 2014

$198.80

4.9

June, 2015

$203.78

2.6

June, 2016

$218.40

7.2

June, 2017

$227.50

4.2

 

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