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Councilman Houin Not In Favor of Rate Increases for Water & Sewer

November 14, 2017

Jeff HouinWhile the Plymouth Common Council heard on first reading the two ordinances the will increase water rates by 12% and sewer rates by 30%, the ordinances were only read by title Monday evening, which is typical.

Councilman Jeff Houin did comment, thanking Utility Superintendent Donnie Davidson, Clerk Treasurer Jeanine Xaver and financial consultant Eric Welch from Umbaugh for provided so much information at the special meeting on October 30th.  Houin said he understands the concern for lost revenue with both Del Monte and Bay Valley closing their doors, he said he thought the city should slow down a bit and take some time.

Houin was interested in possible prospects to fill one or both of the factories, saying we can take action in a few months if we can’t fill the buildings.

He closed his comments saying, “I’m not supporting a rate increase at this time.”

While no comments were taken from the floor or other council members, that is the normal progression for an ordinance. At their meeting in two weeks the City Council will consider the ordinances on second reading and the public will have an opportunity to comment and question the proposal.

One Response to “ Councilman Houin Not In Favor of Rate Increases for Water & Sewer ”

  1. sbmear on November 16, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    I really hope that this water increase does not pass. I understand if a business leaves, the city wont have the water ussge or sewage ussge as before. Plymouth wont get the money for it. HOWVERE the city also wont have the exspense of sewage and water to the business. The hundreds of people that live here and worked there will be without paychecks. Those of us that are already struggling with low pay will end up trying to figure out how they will pay more for water! If the city needs money, how bout maybe letting ALL of the city employees start getting raises maybe take 2% less. Quit giving land and buildings away. Look over the offices and trim the frivolities city employees enjoy at theexspense of the rest of us. I for one am against the water increase.