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Update on questions regarding latest utility billing

There is an over abundance of questions regarding high utility bills for this quarter.  As we transition with this new billing system AND into the new meters, some factors come in to play that may have caused a resident to have a high bill.  

One thing to note before reviewing the factors is that the “Service to and from” dates are a generic billing period and do not represent the true reading cycle for most.  Once all the meters in town have been changed to the new technology, there will be a town wide reading/billing period of 3 months then the billing system will be able to import all meter reads at once at the time of applying charges.    For a number of years, each quarter the town has had unbilled water in the amount of 35%-40% of the treated water because of failing and inaccurate meters.

Those with high bills are mainly due to the meter change outs that were done between 11/10/19 and 2/7/20:

•    A longer reading cycle.  The old meter read was combined with the new meter read which was obtained on 2/27/20 to move into the consistent 3 month reading schedule.  This caused some reading period to be longer than 3 months, some up to 5 months which would have the potential to double your average bill.
•    Many of the readings obtained from the “old” meters were done so after many years of customer estimates.  If it turned out the billing was UNDER estimating, charges for unbilled water will cause higher bills.  If the account was OVER estimated, it resulted in a credit applied.
•    The new meters are extremely accurate as opposed to the meters that are being replaced.  Many of the old meters have not been accounting for all the water going through them.

Please feel free to contact the water billing department with questions regarding your bill at 845-563-4625.

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