Kalamazoo City Commission unanimously approves water rate increase


    Kalamazoo City Commission unanimously approves water rate increase. (WWMT/File)

    Kalamazoo City Commissioners unanimously approved a water rate hike at the meeting on Mon., Feb. 4, 2019.

    The vote means Kalamazoo city water customers rates would increase 8.7 percent, which works out to $3.92 per quarter on average. If you use city water but live outside city limits the rates will go up a fraction of a percent.

    Wastewater rates will also increase between 5 percent and 7 percent depending on where you live. Kalamazoo city residents would see a sewage increase of 5.75 percent and anyone outside the city would see an increase of 7.4 percent.

    Kalamazoo Commissioner David Anderson said the water systems in Kalamazoo were an issue that needed to be addressed and with several water main breaks across December and January that the issue was something that needed to be dealt with currently.

    “Supremely important and with little thought about it until it’s not working right,” Anderson said during the meeting.

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