Vendor error causes duplicate water bills to go out to 1,000 Ann Arbor customers
If you live in Ann Arbor and received two city water bills in the mail recently, don't worry — you don't have to pay twice.
According to Jean Pearson, the city's customer service supervisor, the vendor that prints and mails the city's water bills, PrintMailPro, mistakenly printed 1,000 duplicate water bills.
City officials said there is no cost to the city because it's the vendor's error. In addition, PrintMailPro has committed to reviewing its processes to ensure the error doesn't happen again.
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Nearly $1.8 million worth of increases in water, sewer and stormwater rates that were approved by the Ann Arbor City Council took effect July 1.
The rate adjustments are expected to provide revenue increases of 3.25 percent in water, 4.25 percent in sewer and 4 percent in stormwater.
That's projected to increase revenues in water, sewer, and stormwater by $664,834, $916,577 and $184,064 respectively.
The impact of the increases on the average single-family customer is $19.40 per year, a net increase of 3.21 percent if consumption is unchanged from last year.
The city's drinking water rates for most residential customers are tiered based on usage. The city measures usage in units equal to 100 cubic feet of water or 748 gallons.
A typical single family bill is calculated with 21 units per quarter, is in the second tier for stormwater and receives a 10 percent discount for payment on or before the due date.
But even at the highest rate, the city's charges for drinking water are still significantly less than a penny a gallon.
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