Scottville likely to raise water rates.

November 15, 2015

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The rate increase would be the first in six years despite being charged more each year by Ludington. 

By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief.

SCOTTVILLE — Water rates in the City of Scottville will increase by 21% beginning January 2016, if the city commission approves a resolution to increase during its regular meeting Monday, Nov. 16, 2015. The increase is the first time since 2010 the city has increase rates and is due to increased rates from the City of Ludington, whom Scottville purchases its water from and from an upcoming needed water main replacement project.

City Manager Amy Williams said Ludington has been increasing its rates by the rate of inflation since 2010. In May of this year, Ludington also increased rates by an additional 4.9% in preparation of its anticipated overhaul of the water treatment facility at Stearns Park.

“We have not increased our water rates or our sewer rates since January 2010,” Williams said. “However, we have had increases in what we pay for water service.”

A consultant recommended Scottville increase its water rates 21% the first year and then 5% the each year following, due to increases in rates from Ludington and a water main project that Scottville must take on.

Williams said sewer rates will remain the same.

The following shows the rate increase based on water usage:

Usage  per month Current Bill New Bill Increase

  • 2,000 gallons $17.44 $21.11 $3.67
  • 3,000 gallons $20.04 $24.26 $4.22
  • 4,500 gallons $23.94 $28.97 $5.03
  • 6,000 gallons $27.84 $33.71 $5.87
  • 10,000 gallons $38.24 $46.31 $8.07

The city commission meets at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, 105 N. Main St.