Water Bills That Have Residents Shocked!

While residents of Dearborn Heights are opening their water bills and getting sticker shock. Some in the City are forgiven 14,000.00 for their water bill.

This from the last council meeting the City agrees to a little over $500.00 to make sure they can renue the business license for $250.00 and who’s going to pay the balance before the residents buy this property? Has the Mayor made sure that Wayne County pays the outstanding balance on this properties water bill before the taxpayers of Dearborn Heights pay for it? I doubt it concidering much of this deal was done behind closed doors. So while we are being squezzed for every last dime they it seams can do what ever they want.

This is what the water authority increased our rates by

The increase we will see is for 7% rejoice residents of Dearborn Heights Mayor Dan Paletko is taking such good care of us (NOT)


Who’s Looking, Who’s Asking, Who’s Paying Attention?

Residents of Dearborn Heights there are issues in your City. How many of those issues are known by the residents of the City? Few. We pay our taxes, but how many look at a tax bill to know just what they are paying for. Headlee Override, Act 345, CSO and so on and so on. We talk about those things here on the blog and over on the Truth Page on Facebook. We do that so the residents of this City can stay informed. Today I have to ask myself how many even know or should I say care?

I’m not posting as much as I use to, I’m not going to council meetings. I don’t feel the need to. Nothing ever changes the same people on the Council that have always said ‘NO’ to us, continue to say the same. The administration well we know all about that. The same yes votes are cast by the same council members for whatever this administration brings to it. So I stopped getting myself involved so much. The same absentee voters are going to decide who gets on the council because not enough voters get off their duff and go to the polls to vote. A few of us that pay attention go to meetings, dig to get the truth, ask questions we try to get the information out there. To who? How many look for the information?

Recently here and on Facebook it was brought up that the City charges us almost double for water/sewage compared to other City’s around us. The administration borrows from the water fund to pay the bills in the City (payroll) and then pay’s back the money with interest. This is legal, but if we the resident didn’t have to pay double in the first place wouldn’t the Mayor/Council have to submit budgets that are true in nature and save us some money? No the Council and the Mayor after the expenses of maintenance and servicing the lines have a very healthy water fund. How many residents even know this information? Not many, I would say if more did they just might be creating a fuss to get this changed. Well, maybe not because this council had the chance to change it just in these past few months during budget talks and it wasn’t. No instead, our rates went up again in December. Oh, they will say that we haven’t raised them for two years. Big deal we are still paying double even without the water rate hike. Who’s asking? If what I think I heard is correct the Council in Dearborn Heights is set to raise those rates again. How many residents will be writing to express their outrage with this? How many of us will go to a council meeting to say ‘NO.’

How many in the City know that they were over-charged for the CSO bond? How many know that 6.8 million dollars collected and by the time the bonds are paid back in 2017 there will be over 3 million to put back into the general fund.  Those of us that go to City Council meetings or watch them on Youtube  found out about a 1 million dollar refund check from MMRMA. Not the first time he’s gotten one of these refund checks from the MMRMA. The Mayor is so sure about getting these checks that he just puts one million dollars in the budget before it’s submitted to council for approval.  That can be done nothing wrong with that. I would ask how the Mayor and Council who approved his numbers knew this was coming? Troy Brown on Facebook Said this,

I wonder how much the city would be getting back, if indeed the legitimate claims of it’s residents were honored, as they should have been? I wonder if the “self-insurance” pool knew that the city had a consent agreement against the county to fix a problem, that lead to the massive loss of property on 8/11/14, and DID NOTHING AT ALL WITH IT? I wonder, IF the self-insurance” pool would have known about this huge risk and problem with the city, how much the “refund” check would have been for with this type of risky management?

Council members over the years have asked about the water rates, the CSO bond, and the budget. Councilman Berry, former Councilwoman Badalow, and former Councilwoman Van Houten Asked. With no support from others on the council, these concerns went where all concerns go that aren’t dealt with in the City nowhere.

Now the question is this how can we get people interested in what is happening in their City? I dare say this Council “the majority” there are exceptions and the administration are very comfortable in the knowledge that very few know or care what is going on in the City of Dearborn Heights. I hope we can change this it’s important that we do.

Water and Sewage Rates with 15% added for liability, maintenance and repair.

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.

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