Utica residents will see an average of more than 50 percent increase on their next water and sewer bill.
The Utica City Council approved rate hikes Tuesday evening that are more inline with the Detroit Water and Sewerage Departments increases.
“We have very little choice,” said Utica Mayor Jaqueline Noonan. “We must move forward in our ordinance and be charged what we’re charged.”
Utica Treasurer Phil Paternoster explained that Detroit is no longer charging the municipalities it serves based on consumption rates, but rather a flat fee.
"Although water consumption is going down, but the fixed prices as a wholesale are rising every year as they (Detroit) convert from per unit to a fixed charge," he said.
Beginning in July residents will begin to see an average 8.7 percent increase for water and an 89 percent increase for sewer.
The minimum quarterly bill of $57 will now jump to $86, which is a 50 percent increase.