Via email an investigation by Suzanne Todd it’s come to light that the City of Dearborn Heights might just be charging the residents a wee too much. Here’s what she’s come up with.
Councilwoman Lisa Hicks Clayton writes this,
The 10-15% is above the liabilities, for emergencies (unforeseen)- best practice in government and management. You must add up all liabilities- set costs, infrastructure repairs, maintenance, equipment, labor, bonds, etc. Source: Email response from Councilwoman Lisa Hicks Clayton.
Suzzane Todd using percentage given by the Councilwoman writes this,
Did a little more calculating and here is what I come up with.If the water and sewage budget needs to have an additional 10-15% for liabilities, maintenance and repair, here is what we should be charged. I have taken the higher percentage and will use 15% in my calculations.Dearborn Heights buys water from Detroit for $.77 per 100 cubic feet or 1 unit.15% of $0.77 = $0.12. So we should only be charged $0.89 per 100 cubic feet of water or 1 unit.Dearborn Heights is charged by Detroit $0.65 to process 100 cubic feet of sewage / 1 unit.15% of $0.65 = $0.10. So we should only be charged $0.75 to process 100 cubic feet of sewage / 1 unit Source: Email from Suzanne Todd
Here is a comparison City by City by Suzanne Todd look at what the City of Dearborn Heights charges residents for water.