Revised water bill rates and structure coming to Grosse Pointe Shores

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published August 1, 2021

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GROSSE POINTE SHORES — It’s something Grosse Pointe Shores residents have been asking about for years, and now they’re going to be getting more detailed water bills.

Shores Finance Officer/Treasurer Candice Giles shared a new rate structure for future water bills with the Shores City Council during a meeting by Zoom July 20. Residents will see their bills broken down into four line items, with an operational fee of $79.49 per quarter, a water charge of $6.27 per unit of water, a sewer charge of $9.69 per unit of sewage and a debt service charge of $46.06 per quarter.

Under the new rate structure, for the typical owner of a home on Lake Shore Road, that would work out to an average quarterly water bill of $1,454.36. For a home on Colonial Court, the average quarterly water bill would be $461.58. A homeowner on Crestwood Drive could expect an average quarterly water bill of $281.26, by Giles’ calculations.

“I think this was a way of properly apportioning the cost,” Mayor Ted Kedzierski said.

Giles said her goal was to be “as transparent as possible” so that residents would know what various elements of providing water and sewer service cost.

“I want to thank Candice for all of her work on this,” City Councilman Matthew Seely said.

Kedzierski said there has been “a lot of discussion” over the last four to five years about the city’s water bills.

“I think this is a step in the right direction,” Kedzierski said.

Giles said water and sewer rates are difficult to compare between communities because of variables such as the size of the customer base, the age of the water and sewer system, regulatory requirements and location. She said it’s important to charge an appropriate amount so that the city can operate and maintain its system properly.

The City Council voted unanimously in favor of the new rate structure and rates.

“My goal is to implement it in the software as soon as possible,” Giles said of the new water/sewer bill format.