Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Is it common practice to raise municipal water rates annually
and tie the increase to the rate of inflation?
We offered to send ordinances that provide for the council to set
water rates by resolution. While we have not compiled any information
on factors affecting rate increases, we raised questions about the practice
of automatic, annual increases tied to inflation. Generally, fees and
rates have a relationship to costs involved and these costs could be tied
to environmental mandates, increased costs of equipment, supplies, services,
etc. This is a good opportunity to remind you to send us copies of any
rate changes so our information is up-to-date. Also, please let us know
the factors that move you to increase rates. Thanks.
Please provide ordinance language providing for multiple water
meters for instance, to separately measure water used for lawn
Hancock provides separate water meters for a supply of water
that will not be discharged into the sanitary sewer system. This includes
lawn and garden sprinkling, commercial bottling of beverages and flooding
of ice rinks. Tecumseh permits separate water metering systems for residential
lawn sprinkling only under certain conditions, including the residential
property owner being responsible for installation costs.
Can unpaid utility bills be added to tax bills as a lien against
1939 PA 178 (MCL 123.161-.167) provides for the authority for
collection of water or sewage system rates, assessments, charges, or rentals
and states that a lien for water or sewage system charges accrues to the
property at the time the service is furnished by municipalities.
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