Bergen homeowners overcharged for 13 years

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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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