High Utility Bills Still Drawing Ire In Bay City 11-17-2010 - WNEM TV 5

High Utility Bills Still Drawing Ire In Bay City 11-17-2010

TV5 and WNEM.com have been drawing attention recently to the Bay City story of sky-rocketing utility bills.
Now that city is turning to its residents to figure out how to bring those costs down.
In Bay City, it's not hard to find someone who's upset about expensive utility bills.
“It was tight to begin with and now we're even a little more strapped,” said one unhappy resident. “The utilities go up and up and you're pay doesn't, so it's very hard,” said another resident.
City Manager Robert Belleman has created a task force and it's made up of residents and business owners.
"By bringing in people from the business sector and residents, the more eyes you have, the more thoughts you can get on an issue, the more input,” explains Belleman.
The group will look at four areas: restructuring sewer rates, reducing costs, a performance audit and partnering with Bay County.
Official said all of the ideas are options that could bring bills down. The task force will meet over the next six weeks and when they're finished, they will present their findings to the city commission.
“My end goal is two-fold,” said Belleman. “To make sure everybody knows what's driving the rates and to find a balance.”
Residents TV5 spoke with about the plan said they were glad to see the city reaching out to them.
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