Hackel Says Lack of Water Authority Details Frustrates Suburbs

February 10, 2015

By Pat Batcheller

"We're not getting a lot of the information that's necessary to make that determination--is this still doable?"

Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel.

Suburban leaders are worried that a regional water agreement with Detroit will fall apart if the city can’t meet its financial obligations. Millions of dollars are at stake here. Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb Counties are supposed to pay the city 50-million dollars a year for 40 years to lease Detroit’s water lines in the suburbs. In return, the counties are supposed to get a greater say in key decisions, such as setting water rates. Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel says the city’s numbers aren’t adding up. He also says the suburbs haven’t been given all the information they need. Despite that, Hackel tells WDET’s Pat Batcheller joining the water authority was the right thing to do to make sure Macomb County had a say in its development. Click on the audio links above to hear the conversation.

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