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Water utility bills set to go up in Kalamazoo later this year


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- Home owners and businesses that use Kalamazoo’s water and wastewater systems can expect to see their rates go up 4 to 5% more later this year, according to a new rate study done by the Foster Group.

The proposal will come back to City Commissioners in April for their consideration. City Manager Jim Ritsema says the consultant bases the rates on the actual costs of providing the services.

City customers will pay less for water but more for sewage, averaging out to about $3.65  more per quarter.

Residents outside the city will pay 10% more for water but less for sewage, averaging out to about $5 more per quarter.

Bart Foster, who did the rate study says even with the hikes, Kalamazoo residents will pay the lowest rates in the state for the services.