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Brighton looks to raise water and sewer rates

Additional funds would go toward facility, equipment improvement

Brighton residents could be paying more in their water and sewer bills if ordinances raising rates pass.

The Brighton City Council read amendments to the city’s water and sewer rates for the second time Tuesday and passed both, setting up a third reading at the July 21 meeting.

The water rate ordinance would raise water rates from $18.88 for the first 1,000 gallons used per month with an additional $4.68 per 1,000 gallons after the initial amount to $19.80 for the first 1,000 gallons used per month with an additional $4.90 per 1,000 gallons.

Brighton Mayor Melvin Rich said the water rates hadn’t been raised more than 1 percent in a few years, and the extra revenue will go toward improvements on water lines and other equipment.

“Our water costs are great,” Rich said.

The additional sewer revenue will go toward rebuilding the Brighton sewer plant and bringing it into compliance with state requirements, Rich said.

The sewer rate ordinance would change sewer rates from $51.84 for the first 1,000 gallons with $8.83 added for each additional 1,000 gallons to $57 for the first 1,000 gallons and $9.70 per additional 1,000 gallons for residents that use both pay for the city’s water and sewer services.

The monthly rate for those who don’t use the city’s water but pay sewer rates will increase from $62.83 to $70.