Dexter City Council approves increase in utility rates





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By Lynne Beauchamp, lbeauchamp@thesuntimesnews.com

An increase in water and sewer rates was approved by Dexter City Council after a public hearing on June 11.

Bob Murphy was the only resident who spoke during the public hearing. While Murphy said the rate increase was not a significant amount, he questioned why more residents did not take an interest in attending council meetings.



“Either they [council] are doing a good job or they [residents] don’t care,” Murphy said regarding his fellow residents not attending the public hearing. Murphy went on to ask council questions on wording within the council packet that was prepared for that evening.

According to City of Dexter documents, “the City Charter requires that rates for its public utilities be set via ordinance” and in order to do so, hold an advertised public hearing prior to its adoption of such ordinance.

The ordinance approved upon by council includes a 3% increase to its water rates and a 7% increase to sewer rates. These rate changes take effect July 1, 2018.

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Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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