City Council has approved an $11-per-quarter ready-to-serve rate increase, as well as a 10-cent-per-cubic-meter usage hike for sewer customers, effective July 1.
An accompanying $4-per-quarter water rate decrease was also approved this week.
The move will raise the average residential quarterly sewer bill in Ferrysburg from $142 to $156, according to City Manager Craig Bessinger.
Bessinger had originally proposed a $5-per-quarter hike, but City Council decided Monday that a larger hike would make more sense to expedite lift station improvements.
“We’re running basically break-even in the sewer fund, and we can’t continue to do that,” City Councilman Mike DeWitt said.
Bessinger said he wasn’t surprised at council’s decision to boost sewer rates more than initially recommended.
“City Council is very concerned with the condition of the sewer fund and making sure we have enough to make improvements,” he said.
Even with the larger fee increase, Bessinger said it could take more than 10 years to collect enough revenue to pay off the estimated $200,000 improvements needed for each of four lift stations. Grants and bonding could help speed up the process.
In 2012, Ferrysburg partnered with Spring Lake Township to upgrade lift stations at William Ferry Park and on the northeast side of Smith’s Bridge.
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