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WARREN, Mich. -- With a 14 percent water rate hike set to
go into effect, city officials say they will file a lawsuit to stop
Attorneys for the City of Warren were expected to file the lawsuit
in Macomb County Circuit Court against the City of Detroit.
Warren Mayor Mark Steenbergh says Detroit is unfairly raising its
Steenbergh also claims that Detroit is illegally withholding the
formula it uses to calculate Warren's water rates and is charging the
city's residents for services they don't use.
``When residents flush their toilets or wash their dishes, the
wastewater leaves their homes and goes through a series of pipes to
the City of Warren's Waste Water Treatment Plant,'' Steenbergh said.
``So all we pay Detroit for is taking water out of the Detroit
River, treating it, and delivering it to Warren's border.''
Detroit water officials say the increases are needed to help pay
for $4.3 million in major improvements to Detroit's century-old water
system, one of the largest in the country. Included would be new
safeguards against terrorist attacks
The Detroit water board sets the rates for suburban communities on
its regional system. The 125 cities, in turn, set rates for their 4
According to Warren city attorney George Constance, the lawsuit
was born out of repeated attempts to find out how the Detroit Water
and Sewerage Department calculates the water rate for suburban
Jamaine Dickens, spokesman for Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick,
said Detroit has provided everything Warren has requested.
``Mayor Kilpatrick believes that it is time for everyone to sit
down and see how the city can provide better service for the region,
but (Warren officials) are not willing to do that,'' Dickens said.
``They would rather call attention to a nonissue.''
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