NORFOLK - A Norfolk landlord is calling for town officials to be more transparent with their water and sewer billing procedure so the public can have a better idea of the bills being paid by town residents.
In November, the Norfolk town board made decisions to raise the water rate $5 per quarter and the sewer payment $10 per quarter in 2014. This years water bill is $276 and the sewer rate is $332, totaling $608, or $152 per quarter.
Is there any possible way that we can get the water and sewer bills put on the (town) web site, where we can find out just exactly whats going on and why everybody is biting so much of the bullet here? Ive got eight people living in (my) building, and Im paying $5,900 a year for water and sewer, Roger P. Conte said. There are people that have got animals and farms and stuff that are just paying basic water. ... There should be a web site so you can tell whos paying how because you cant tell.
If you dont pay your water bills, theres a list generated every year, Town Supervisor Charles A. Pernice responded.
Mr. Pernice added that the county pays the town when people dont pay their water and sewer bills. Town Clerk Kathy Emlaw reinforced the idea.
The town gets it. It all gets relevied, whatever is not paid and when I pay the tax form after the end of January to the supervisor, all of that is paid, Ms. Emlaw said.
That (money), does that go back into capital gain or how is that reflected on the water project? Is that added onto the principal of the bill of what were paying? Mr. Conte asked.
Ms. Emlaw stated that the money goes back into water revenues.
In response to Mr. Contes claims that some people in the municipality are likely not paying for their water, Councilman Robert J. Harvey questioned the point of making that information public.
What gain is it for everybody to know who isnt paying their bills? he asked. I dont think that we need to be displaying people that dont pay bills to the public. I think thats its pretty much a private matter, isnt it?
I dont think its whether or not the bills are paid, its how many users are being paid for in that household. I dont know who lives in this house or that house and how many. I dont care, Ms. Emlaw said. If theres two units in their two apartments, it gets two bills.