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Water and Sewer Petition Drive to Start in Bay City

Water and Sewer Petition Drive to Start in Bay City

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BAY CITY, MI (WNEM) - If water rates were going up in your community, what would you do? That's the dilemma in one local city where residents are fighting back against ever-escalating water and sewer costs. In fact they've been complaining about it for months. And now they say a petition drive is the only way to fight back. Larry Beson is a long time Bay City resident.

"I think times have changed enough where us citizens can't afford the rates." Beson is sick and tired of paying steadily increasing water and sewer rates in Bay City. He joins a lot of other residents who say they will sign a petition. Beson and others say voters should decide whether to sell the water and sewer divisions for a dollar, and have a county-wide authority take over the utilities.

"If it's not going to happen with our present management then maybe it's time the people change the management." Beson says the short term costs of such a consolidation might be high...but well worth it...he says. "I think we're just going to send a message that the citizens are sick and tired of this and if something isn't going to happen, we're going to change it."

One of the petition organizers is Steve Beson....Larry's cousin. Last year Beson organized a picket of the city commission, protesting the increase of water and sewer rates. He then served on a citizen board for the first few months of this year, looking at ways to reduce water and sewer rates. Beson says it was a waste of time and that the petition drive is now the way to go. "I do believe that we need to come together as a community, and not have a power struggle, with city hall being the power monster or the county being the power monster."

Petition organizers hope to start gathering signatures within 30 days they hope to gather 1500 valid voter signatures, more than enough to put it on the November ballot.

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