× Water rates in Bayonne are scheduled to rise 3.5 percent in January of 2017, consistent with projections made by the Municipal Utilities Authority in 2015. That’s on top of a 13.25 percent rate increase last year. The 3.5 percent increase amounts to a five-cent increase per 100 gallons, or an average monthly increase of $3.60 per user, according to MUA Director Tim Boyle. These rates are set by the MUA based on a 40-year contract with Bayonne Water Joint Venture, LLC, a partnership between Suez (formerly United Water) and Kohlberg Kravis, Roberts, & Co, a multinational private equity firm based in Manhattan, according to Boyle. The private partnership runs Bayonne’s sewage and water system, including payment collections. Click here for more.Just about everyone has a home on his or her block that seems to have enough lighting for the entire neighborhood. That holiday cheer was rewarded at nine homes this year as more than 50 residents entered the City of Bayonne’s home decoration contest. Winners were selected for each of the First, Second, and Third Wards, with four judges traveling to contestants’ homes from December 19 to December 21, judging by curbside appeal. Judges did not enter the contest. Winners received gift cards to Lowe’s. Click here for more.