From the Daily News:
City environmental honchos want to water-board New Yorkers yet again, saying they will propose Friday a 7% hike to water rates that have skyrocketed 78% since 2005.
The city downplayed the proposed soaking by describing it as not as bad as in recent fiscal years — and well under the 9.3% bump the Department of Environmental Protection projected just a year ago.
“This is the lowest water rate increase in seven years,” DEP spokesman Farrell Sklerov said.
“While we know that it is extremely difficult for our customers to have to pay any more, the downward trend clearly shows that our aggressive efforts to keep rates in check are paying off.”
This fiscal year’s rate was already 7.5% above that of last year, which itself was 12.9% more than the previous year.
But some city residents were fed up over word the city was going into their pockets again — and the Daily News was barred by a city agreement from even specifying what the rise would be until Friday.
“It’s getting ridiculous,” said Bill Clemente, 71, who owns a home in Howard Beach, Queens.
“You won’t be able to have swimming pools. You won’t be able to water your lawn. You won’t be able to shower as often.”
He even said a worst-case scenario could be in play for him: “Ultimately, we may have to sell the house and move out of the city.”