Water rates are going up in Hancock. The 15 percent increase was approved unanimously by the city council last night.
No one spoke at the public hearing that was held in advance of the decision.
City clerk and acting manager Mary Babcock said the water fund finished last year more than $150,000 under water…
Mayor Paul LaBine noted that the cost for buying the city’s water from Adams Township has risen 30 percent recently. Babcock added that another nearly 10 percent increase from Adams Township is expected in January.
Resident Susan Burak asked if the city could help residents minimize the rising cost by providing some tips for reducing water use. LaBine said they’d look into it.
It’s estimated the price hike will cost the average Hancock residential customer about $3.50 per month.
In other action, the Hancock council passed an ordinance that will open the door for residents to purchase flood insurance, if they wish.
Council members also approved the sale of a lot in Spruce Haven Estates for $16,000. A home will be constructed there.