DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit City Council has planned a public hearing on proposed water and sewerage rate increases.
Public comment will follow the hearing Thursday on the 13th floor of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center.
The system is run by the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department and services 4 million customers in dozens of communities throughout southeastern Michigan.
Average rate hikes of more than 10 percent have been proposed in the 2011-12 fiscal year for city and suburban customers.
Detroit often has been criticized by many of its suburban customers over how rates are set and how the system is managed. City officials have said rate increases are necessary for repairs and maintenance, but many in the suburbs have accused the city of overcharging them.