If you're still unclear why the Erie County commissioners decided to hike water rates for county customers, finance reports delivered last week by the county's chief numbers-cruncher, Pete Daniel, offer a strong clue.
If you'll recall, the commissioners hiked rates for residents of Water District A about 7.7 percent, and passed steeper hikes for customers in District B. The rate hikes vary for those folks, but a typical household have 24 percent higher water bills, a hike of about $12 a month.
Going over figures for this year's budget at the Department of Enviromental Services, Daniel said that withouth the rake hikes, District B would finish this year with a $332,483 deficit.
With the rate hikes factored in, the deficit is reduced to $46,097.
"Even with the rate increases, you still have a deficit," Daniel observed.
The figures don't include the cost reductions from laying off eight Department of Environmental Services employees, so the figures will be revised again this week, Daniel said.