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Editorial: Leave water billing structure be in Schenectady

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It’s hard to embrace the city of Schenectady’s plans to change the way it bills property owners for water use. Motivating the proposed change, according to Paul LaFond, deputy director of water and wastewater, is a desire for a fairer, simpler way to assess people for how much water they use. OK, but if that’s truly the case, why not put everyone on a meter, and there’ll be no question? Unfortunately, the city is broke ...

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September 29, 2012
11:56 a.m.

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Regardless of the short term cost, water meters are the only fair way to bill for water. It would stop those people who run their lawn sprinklers all day in the heat. It would also ensure that where ten or more people are crammed into a one or two family house, doing laundry, dishes and showering, they would pay for the water they use. Why should a person living alone without a lawn pay the same as people using water endlessly?

October 1, 2012
4:23 p.m.

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If water is to be paid for "evenly" with no regard for the size of the building or number of occupants, then why no levy taxes against the building the very same way? That would be stupid, of course, and so is a flat fee.

Make the building owners pay for the meters.