Ann Arbor’s city council has approved two rounds of water rate increases.
Effective January 1st of 2021, residents will see a 7% increase in their water bill. That’s an estimated increase of $9.22 from January through June 30th. On July 1st, a second increase of 6.5% will take place, which will represent a $36.84 increase through June 30th of 2022. Mayor Christopher Taylor says the increases were scheduled to take place earlier this year, but they were put on hold because many residents were financially affected by the pandemic, but that the city now needs to move forward with the increases.
Mayor Christopher Taylor: Raising rates so that we can support the consistent and accelerated improvements of our water distribution, water treatment, water safety infrastructure.
Mayor Taylor says residents who need help paying their utilities can reach out to Barrier Busters, a group of over 90 Washtenaw County social service agencies that provide financial assistance to residents, or they can also contact the United Way by dialing 211. For more information on Barrier Busters, click here, and for the United Way, click here.
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