SALAMANCA, N.Y. (WIVB) - Salamanca businesses spoke out against a proposed doubling of water rates on Tuesday.
The Board of Public Utilities discussed the increase for about 76-commercial customers that have a water line of one-inch or larger. The increase would close a deficit for the water department, but businesses say it would drain them dry.
One resident said, "Let's see if we can find another way to discourage anyone that might be willing to invest money in our city from deciding to come here or even expand."
American Legion Commander Dennis Berger added, "We can't keep going if you're going to raise our rate by double. And what if we close down?"
After the businesses spoke, the increase failed. It's now unclear how the water department will make up its shortfall.
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