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City Of Ann Arbor To Continue Using Its Current Water Rate Structure

Oct 20, 2020

Ann Arbor’s city council was considering changing the city’s water rate structure but, ultimately, decided against it.  

The city currently uses a four-tier system to charge residents for water distribution services.  The resolution in front of council called to remove the fourth tier that’s used by residents whose water use is considered excessive.  Mayor Christopher Taylor says residents who use more water should be charged more. 

Mayor Christopher Taylor: It costs a lot of money to get the water to the rate payer to get the water to the user, and to make sure that it’s clean and safe 100% of the time.

The mayor says that if the fourth tier is eliminated, some residents may see a water rate increase of between $5 and $35 per billing cycle.  The resolution was introduced by Council Member Jane Lumm from the second ward.

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— Jorge Avellan is a reporter for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him javellan@emich.edu