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Disagreement over Seneca County water district finances flares up again

The disagreement over Seneca County Water District No. 1’s finances resurfaced at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors’ Public Works Committee meeting.

At least three members of the board and former district administrator Mary Anne Kowalski have been arguing with County Manager John Sheppard for nearly two years about the county-run water district, which serves the south end of the county with water purchased from the village of Waterloo.

The latest debate began when Sheppard told the committee the village of Waterloo was increasing the price of water sold to the district from $2.33 per 1,000 gallons of water to $3.13, and the town of Varick was hiking its add-on charge to Waterloo water passing through its town from 17 percent to 25 percent above the Waterloo rate.

“The customers of Water District No. 1 would have to pay 61 cents more per 1,000 gallons of water used to cover these increases,” Sheppard said.

He said if rates are increased, a public hearing would need to be scheduled.

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