Written by Carisa Giardino Friday, 03 July 2009 00:00
The Village of Garden City is modifying the printed form of residents’ water bills, permanently printing the schedule on the form.
Arnold Finamore of Tanners Pond Road, who has commented in the past about his desire to receive a more explicit bill, was pleased to hear of the coming changes.
Jim Olivo explained that the forms would now be dated. “We are working off forms we’ve had for the last 15 years without changes. We will now be putting the schedule on the reverse side. But that schedule would be dated, which would necessitate us not buying the kinds of supplies and forms we’ve bought in the past,” he said.
The last time this came up about a year ago, Olivo said, the village had already purchased a six-month supply of forms. “We want to consolidate the form. It’s the most efficient way of doing it ... All rates need to be expressed on the form. It’s not as simple as saying you have $33 for 2,000 cubic feet ... We’ve got a design on it and since we just changed the rates as of June 1, we plan on getting this done the first half of this year,” Olivo said.
Trustees approved an approximate 5 percent water rate increase at the May 7 board meeting. The village’s water budget is funded solely by revenue derived by its consumers, not from general village taxes.
The increase (4.88 percent - 5.16 percent depending on the billing step) is necessary, Mayor Robert Rothschild said, due to the extensive capital project investments made in adding treatment facilities to the village’s system in order to assure the delivery of pure water to residents.
There are ways residents can keep their water bills in check, especially during the summer months when usage increases. Garden City’s law with regard to water conservation (Local Law 3-1987) is now in effect.
Lawn sprinkling and garden irrigation can take place only during the hours of 5 to 10 a.m. and 6 to 10 p.m. As residents by now are aware, odd-numbered properties can water on odd numbered days; even-numbered properties on even numbered days and properties with no numbers on even numbered days.