CADILLAC — At its Monday night meeting, the Haring Township Board unanimously voted to raise sewer system rates in the township by 3%.
The raise will go into effect on July 1. It is set up like the water system where it will automatically increase by 3% each year, starting this Jan. 1, township supervisor Bob Scarbrough said.
Bob Polanic, the project manager at Infrastructure Alternatives who handles Haring Township’s water system, said the sewer rates haven’t been raised in around four years and it’s something they’ve been looking at for a while.
The old rate was $3.50 per 1,000 gallons and the new rate is $3.61 per 1,000 gallons. If someone’s bill was $50 before it will now be around $51.50, he said.
He said there are not that many residential customers connected to the sewer system so the rise in rates will mostly affect commercial businesses.
Infrastructure Alternatives and Gosling Czubak Engineering Services recommended the rate increase to sustain the operation, maintenance, reserves and debt requirements of the township’s public sewer system, according to the resolution approved by the board.
As water and sewer infrastructure gets older it needs to be worked on and upgraded more, Polanic said.
Since the rates haven’t gone up in years the raise is justifiable, he said.