It’s Such a Small Amount You won’t Even Feel It.

Residents do you know that every two months a charge of $4.50 is on your water bill. That is $27.00 a year not too much right? Multiply that $27.00 a year by aprox 30,000 homes in Dearborn Heights and what do your get? $810,000.00 to the City of Dearborn Heights Water Department. What is this service charge for? Council members that I’ve asked over the years tell me “well how do you think we pay to clean the sewers in the City? Interesting thing is if you are servicing the sewers and they are. I’ve seen the very detailed reports from the company that cleans the sewers in the City.  Job getting done bill gets paid so I ask those on the council if the $810,000.00 accumulated from this service fee is going to maintain and service our sewers why is there still such a copious amount left in the water fund? Strange that our city officials wouldn’t see fit to maybe cut that amount from our water bills. After all the water fund is very healthy and there is more than enough to cover the expenses for the department and cleaning and maintaining the sewers. Strange that there would be so much money left in the water fund after expenses…why is that? Can anyone on the council answer that question?

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6 thoughts on “It’s Such a Small Amount You won’t Even Feel It.”

  1. Dear Someone New 48127, why wasting water, using equipment, paying drivers and more? the streets are been cleaned by the rain! Go green

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  2. Another note: Why this “Residents do you know that every two months a charge of $4.50 is on your water bill. That is $27.00 a year not too much right? Multiply that $27.00 a year by aprox 30,000 homes in Dearborn Heights and what do your get? $810,000.00 to the City of Dearborn Heights Water Department. What is this service charge for? ”

    The city water bill should included the service surcharges for the water and sewage cost, This $ 4.50 may be for other services or extra charges for collection? A good question for the city treasurer?

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  3. Does anybody know if they clean the streets in Dearborn Heights. I just moved here and boy the streets need a cleaning. I sweep the street up in front of my home but my neighbors blow all there grass clippings into the street.Your streets are filthy in this city.

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  4. On the same note, a charter amendment restricting local governments from charging more than 20% of the bulk cost as added fees can be put on the ballot of any municipality local election. That will force local governments to run the water operation as efficient as possible since the extra cost will be coming out of the general fund?
    Limited government resources force efficiency and effectiveness in proving public services, or in some cases a municipal deficit. Examples of successes and failures can be found by goggling this subject.

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  5. DH is part of Detroit water authority and Wayne county sewage system. The municipalities governments provides the services to residents including pipelines maintenance and replacement plus water fee collections.

    The municipalities pays both: Detroit and the county a bulk cost and also pay private contractors for related cost plus the cost of the water department.

    The municipalities invoice the properties owners periodically (use to be every 3 month but now every 2 month in DH) the invoice cover all the above cost and payment for fund reserve in case big repairs or replacement needed.

    The formulas to calculate the local charges are local decision approved by locality government body.

    Municipalities should balance between the need to have a healthy water funds and not using the water local fees as a way to collect additional revenues.

    Municipalities should adjust the water rates yearly based on their water fund balances and the estimated needs, rate should go down if the balance is more than the needs or the opposite.

    Water fees are not taxes and they requires no ballot approval from tax payers. Those fees are to cover operating expenses.

    The best proposal to manage the water services will be the creation of a state water commission similar to Natural gas and electricity, or add the water services to the duty of that commission, or give Detroit water authority total control and ability to bid out the services to public utility companies for best price per gallons used.

    The water and sewage are basic services beyond each individual municipality control and should be managed regionally by public utility companies similar to DTE.

    One residential rate and one commercial rate plus one industrial rate for the entire region not as it stand now, with different rates and charges.

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  6. And do the bills to clean the sewers totalled for the year equal $810,000 – or is it more – or is it less?

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