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Charlotte City Council expected to vote on water, sewer rate hike

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Posted at 5:23 AM, Jul 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-22 05:23:44-04

CHARLOTTE, Mich. — People living in one mid-Michigan community could find out if their utility bills will go up this Fall.

On Monday, the Charlotte City Council is expected to make a final decision on a water and sewer rate hike for homeowners and businesses.

They're trying to decide if a 22% increase should go into effect all at once -- or over the course of two years, with an 11% increase each year.

They were expected to make a decision two weeks ago but could not come to an agreement. City Council told the City Manager and the Director of Public Works to look into the impact of a rate hike. The City Manager says the extra money is needed to upgrade Charlotte's old Waste Water Treatment Plant.

If the council approves the rake hike that increase would happen on October's bill.

City officials say Charlotte has not raised rates since 2015. City council members are scheduled to meet at 7 p.m.

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