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Letter: New surcharge on water hurts Kenmore taxpayers

New surcharge on water hurts Kenmore taxpayers

If your Village of Kenmore water bill was due Aug. 1, what have you had to give up now that a Department of Environmental Conservation surcharge has been added to your water bill? Is it a theatrical program and dinner with friends, a day trip with your grandchildren or will you try to stretch out your medication by taking half the dose the doctor ordered? The village trustees don’t see any problem with the additional $30 per quarter, or $120 per year.

The problem is that this is not the only surcharge that property owners pay. In Kenmore, they already have been paying surcharges on their water and on the sewer portion of the bill. The surcharge has been $41 per quarter. For this quarter, it has been decreased to $35 ($11 water/$24 sewer). The two surcharge amounts now will be $260 a year and you haven’t paid for your water or sewer part of the bill.

If the gas company raises its rates, you can lower your thermostat; if the electric company raises its rates, you can decrease the number of lights you have on. But how do you live without water? Since Kenmore has a lot of retired property owners on fixed incomes, one has to wonder if these latest surcharges have been added to push us to sell our properties. Time will tell.

Suzanne Schafer

Kenmore

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