2017-08-20 / Front Page

Montrose Twp passes water rate increase on to customers

By Jeanne Marcello
Staff Reporter

MONTROSE TWP. – Montrose Township officials have been informed the Genesee County Drain Office has increased both readiness-to-serve (RTS) and commodity prices for water. The township will pass along those increases to its customers, without any increases of its own.

The county RTS charge will go from $15 per month to $20 per month for five-eighths inch waterlines. The commodity charges will increase from $5.42 to $5.75 per 100 cubic feet (750 gallons).

Montrose Township Superintendent Mark Emmendorfer explained the township hasn’t changed its RTS charge of $3.75 for years, nor its eight-cent commodity rate. He added the township sewer rate also remains the same.

The county rate increases went into effect Aug. 15 and will be on the Sept. 2 water bills.

He expects one more water rate increase in April, 2018 before the Karegnondi water pipeline goes online. Then he expects it will be about six months later before service gets to Montrose.

Montrose Township Trustee Gary Keeler asked if seasonal residents who have their water shut off are still obligated to pay RTS. Emmendorfer confirmed that they are still obligated to pay RTS.

Water rates are expected to stabilize once the Karegnondi water pipeline goes online.

Emmendorfer added it should be noted that if a customer’s water gets shut off, there is a $50 delinquency fee added to the unpaid water charges.

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