From the Daily News:
Queens residents already wallowing in exorbitant water bills are expected to sound off about an additional 14% increase at a hearing in Elmhurst on Monday.
The proposed hike comes on top of double-digit increases in water rates in the last two years - and local merchants say it could lead to them going under.
Critics of the Water Board, including city Controller William Thompson, said the $200 million in water revenue is diverted to fund other city services.
Department of Environmental Protection Acting Commissioner Steve Lawitts told the Water Board this month that revenues were 5% lower than expected.
Starting July 1, the rates for the average single-family home would increase from $799 to $911 a year. Condominium and co-op rates would jump from $680 to $775.
The Queens hearing on the proposed increase is set for 10a.m. Monday at the Department of Environmental Protection, 59-17 Junction Blvd., near the Queens Center Mall.