PORTAGE | The Utility Services Board this week sent a recommendation to the City Council to raise sewer rates for commercial users.
A rate study reviewed by the board indicates the department needs to increase revenue to raise debt service coverage ratios and increase funds for sewer maintenance.
The proposal could double the rates for commercial users who now pay the minimum monthly bill of $23.50, the same rate paid by single-family residential users. Commercial users presently using more than the minimum billing rate would see an increase of about 8 percent.
Single-family residential customers would not be affected by the proposed increase.
The only residential users potentially affected by the proposal would be mobile homes and apartments. Those two types of properties pay a discounted rate from what single-family homes are charged. If approved, their rate would be brought up to be equivalent with single-family users.
If approved, the increases would generate about an additional $700,000 in revenue for the utility services department.