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February 11, 2013

Outside voice sought on water rate questions in Lewiston

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Niagara Gazette — But there are theories about where the discrepancy is, and Councilman Alphonso Bax has one of them. He said it's possible the village calculations aren't taking into effect any changes in staffing at the village level from the possible consolidation.

"I think the village's figure could be accurate if they're looking at maintaining the same level of staffing," he said following a Town Board work session Monday. "Ours took into account some form of attrition. No one wants to fire anybody, but these times being what they are, that's reality. We offered to take one of their employees ... and they'd no longer be responsible for billing."

Figuring out the cause of the difference was less important for Reiter, who appeared at his limits concerning negotiations with the village.

Reiter, who also serves as the water department supervisor, said he's tired of talking about incorporating the village into the town's coverage and will leave it up to the village to decide what the next step will be.

"I don't know how we can do it any differently," he said. "The last thing I want to do is force village residents to pay more for their water. All I'm trying to do is give our residents a better deal. With what they're saying the math just doesn't add up."

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