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Hearing Slated on Water Rate Hikes in Greenburgh

GREENBURGH, N.Y. - The Greenburgh Town Board will be holding a public hearing Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall on a proposal to increase water rates.

The increase for the average customer is expected to be 24 percent, rising from about $72 to $89 quarterly. Larger customers can expect to see a 35 percent jump from $265 to $360 every four months.

Commissioner of Public Works Victor Carosi said the increases are necessary to keep up with rate hikes charged by New York City and provide adequate revenue to meet other current expenses, repay past deficit obligations and plan for future system improvements.

The Town of Greenburgh Consolidated Water District serves a population of approximately 45,500 customers within the unincorporated Town of Greenburgh and a small portion of the Village of Irvington, as well as some customers in Mt. Pleasant, Yonkers and White Plains. The district delivers approximately 7.9 million gallons of water daily.

Greenburgh Supervisor Paul Feiner said the town made a mistake by not increasing rates for several years, which resulted in residents being hit with a 70 percent hike last year. It is projected rates will increase another 10 percent in 2013.

"In the future we will pass along rate hikes when our rates go up so there will be less dramatic increases," Feiner said.

Residents in the Greenburgh Water District pay $2.20 less per thousand gallons used than residents, like Feiner, who get their water from United Water.

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