BY FRANKIE EDOZIEN, NY Post
Three Queens councilmen blasted the Bloomberg administration's water board for considering an 18 percent rate hike even though the board has ample funding through next year.
Queens Democrats James Gennaro, David Weprin and Leroy Comrie want the water board's financing restructured so that cash it pays to the city can be used to avert a rate hike.
If it's put in place by January, as currently proposed, the rate hike would be amount to a 39 percent increase in less than two years coming on the heels of a recent 21 percent hike, Weprin noted.
"This is an outrage," Gennaro said.
Weprin said he was calling on state officials to see if the board could legally effect a hike so soon.
"Can you imagine the chaos if the City Council were to set property tax rates every couple of months?" he asked.
Lawmakers have scheduled a hearing on the matter for later this month.
The DEP said in a statement, "The Department of Environmental Protection has worked diligently to . . . improve collections from customers who do not pay their bill."