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Donna Frye has a follow up to my post yesterday about her victorious effort to change us back to bimonthly water billing:

Just to let you know, the annual savings to the ratepayers will be at least $600,000 annually. That’s money we can use for actual infrastructure instead of envelopes and postage.

In addition, the combined overcharges for the residential tiered-water users were at least $500,000 or more on an annual basis.

Attached is a document sent to my office in April 2007 from Jim Barrett that shows the overcharges for the residential water users for the period July1- Dec. 30, 2006. You will see during that six-month period that over 67 percent of the residential water customers were overcharged more than $300,000 (and needed to be “adjusted”). While it may seem like a small amount per individual, it’s not a small amount when you look at the total.

Also passed by the city council today: by November of this year, these overcharge adjustments will be made to the bills every two months rather than every six months as is now the practice.

Just wanted to make sure you knew how much money was involved.

There you go.

SCOTT LEWIS

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