The mayor of Colchester says the rise in water rates from the city's supplier, Macomb, is becoming a “hardship” for residents.
Macomb will raise the water rates for Colchester 5% effective August 1.
Mayor Danny Bice says water rates have skyrocketed since the city started receiving its water from Macomb about nine years ago.
He says, “Sooner or later there has to be a stopping point on the water increase. Because it's (gone) up 150% since we hooked on (to Macomb service).”
The Good Hope village board is talking about raising rates, but not right away.
Board President Todd Danner has started the discussion. He said there is no immediate need for a rate hike but costs are rising. Water rates in Good Hope have not gone up since 2007.
He said, “It's just something we're slowly beginning the ball rolling on this idea. And whether it happens six months from now or next year, we really don't have a set time.”
Danner said the board will have the water system audited to provide a basis for setting future rates.