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Council delays water rate hike decision

December 18, 2013

STEUBENVILLE — City Council delayed a final decision Tuesday night on a proposed water rate increase that is designed to erase a water fund deficit and create a capital improvements fund until the......

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Dec-18-13 4:54 PM

Dave Gosset has done great job of covering this water rate increase and the ramifications, especially when compared to the poor job done by WTOV 9. I would just like to add a few things. At the last meeting when the consultants and city officials explained the reasons and needs for a rate increase they left many things unaddressed and were vague on many aspects of this issue. Telling the public that billing delinquencies are just 1% does not describe the delinquency problem. A large portions of our delinquencies have been farmed out to collection agencies. They failed to produce a dollar amount of delinquencies that fall on the people who pay their water bills. Also there in no game plan in place that will address where and when infrastructure upgrades will take place and how this money will be systematically spent.

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Dec-18-13 4:58 PM

Water customers should also be aware that as these old cast iron line are replaced with new plastic lines that the service lines to their homes will not be upgraded and they are more than likely in as bad shape as the main lines and may rupture under the increased water pressure from the new lines and then the homeowner will be responsible to fix their lines at a cost of several thousand dollars. All this plus increased rates. This must be studied and since this upgrade may put them in a finacial dilemna the city should offer these repairs at a much much lower cost.

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Dec-18-13 6:39 PM

Let's say a business owes (health institution )....8,000 on a water bill. Why would the city settle and have the bill paid in full for 2,000 ?? If these business are using the water, why do they not pay the whole entire bill, like us peons have to?? also a school who is privately funded (you pay to go there) has not paid their bill in many months.WHY?

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Dec-19-13 12:12 PM

Well put maverick! The property owners have no idea about what is about to spring upon them. No pun intended!

Councilmen Villamagna and DiLoretto seem to get it! The tax payers, residents need to know exactly what is going on. The rest of those council people don’t seem to know what it all entails and therefore are careless and irresponsible, setting property owners up for a real headache. What exactly do they want to replace and what if any consequences can be incurred by property owners down the line since the lines are so old? What do they care or should I say, what do they really know about replacing lines?

“It's getting out of control and we need to take care of our infrastructure”, remarked Mike Wigal. Getting out of control? Wait until those new lines are replaced. Expect more breaks to pop up at the expense of the property owners. Yes in deed, it will cost them thousands of dollars to have repaired. How’s that water rate increase going to help them?

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Dec-19-13 12:15 PM

There’s a great deal that needs to be examined and discussed. The Water Department and the finance director need to be honest with their paying residents, which they don’t know how to do.

Everything is always rushed like its going to make a difference. People have got to keep in mind that they’re already paying an exceedingly ridiculous high price for water and sewage already.

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Dec-19-13 9:55 PM

Most of the time when there is a service line break (homeowners responsibility) the city will foot the bill if ya yell hard Just ask anyone who line has broke and they do not have the money for a plumber to come out.

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