How much is your monthly water bill?
For residents in Colchester, $70 a month isn't uncommon, and they're getting fed up with rate hikes.
Colchester residents have seen their water bills double over the past seven years.
The city doesn't have a water plant so, it buys water from nearby Macomb.
On Monday night, Macomb raised its water rates, again by 3% but, Colchester residents say they can't stand to have more money go down the drain.
Colchester resident Roger Hodges says at $70 a month, his water bill is out of control.
"It just continues to go up, and you know we like the quality of the water from Macomb, but a lot of people are on a lot tighter fixed incomes than we are. I feel really sorry for them, I don't think they can handle it," said Hodges.
Colchester's water woes began in 2003 when the city shut down its outdated water plant, and started buying water from Macomb.
Colchester then adds an extra fee to the local water bill to recoup maintenance and distribution costs.
Adding to that, Macomb has raised its rates every year since 2006 and, Colchester Mayor Danny Bice says that increase keeps getting passed on to residents.
Bice wants Macomb to offer a better deal.
"The people in town can not afford to just keep increasing the rates the way they are going, so what we're doing is we're asking for a bulk rate, I have to look out for them to try and keep their bills as low as possible," said Bice.
Macomb Mayor Mike Inman says he sympathizes with residents like Hodges and says the city of Macomb is open to discussion.
"I think the consensus with the city here is we'd like to go ahead and offer the opportunity to speak with Mayor Bice and anyone else with the city council in a structured format and see what if anything we can do to address what they're concerned about," said Inman.
Bice says the city of Colchester plans on absorbing the extra increase this year, but says he doesn't think they can do that again for the following years.
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