Bergen homeowners overcharged for 13 years

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BERGEN, N.Y. (WIVB) – Dozens of homeowners in the Genesee County town of Bergen have been overcharged on their county water bills for more than a decade.

The Batavia Daily News reports that the Genesee County Legislature discovered that homeowners were paying for being connected to the county’s water system when, in fact, they were not.

Residents were billed a surcharge of 60 cents per 1,000 gallons since the county completed a water development project in 2001. The money was used to reduce the county debt for municipal service offered to Bergen, LeRoy, Stafford, Pembroke and Batavia.

The law only allows the county to restore fees for the past three years.

County lawmakers will take up the issue on May 14.

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