Lansing BWL wants to hike rates

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LANSING, Mich. (WILX)- A public hearing is set for tonight where Lansing Board of Water and Light customers can weigh in on a proposed rate hike.

The BWL is looking to hike electric, water and steam rates for the next three years, beginning February of 2018. If the increase is passed, residential electric rates would spike by 3.9% in the years 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Water rates would bump up by 5.5% for 2018, and 7.5% in 2018 and 2019. Steam customers would see increases of 5.5% in 2018, and 7.9% in 2019 and 2020.

BWL says the rate hikes are needed to pay for infrastructure improvements and meet environmental commitments.

Tonight's meeting is at BWL Headquarters in Reo Town. It begins at 5:30 p.m. BWL Commissioners will vote on the proposal during a public meeting on December 5.