Bill S6154-2013

Abolishes the minimum charge for the supply of water by the New York city municipal water finance authority and the New York city water board

Abolishes the minimum charge for the supply of water by the New York city municipal water finance authority and the New York city water board.

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  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO CITIES

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BILL NUMBER:S6154

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the administrative code of the city of New York and the public authorities law, in relation to abolishing the minimum charge for water supply in the city of New York

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1 of the bill amends Section 24-335 of the administrative code of the city of New York by eliminating language for a minimum charge.

Section 2 of the bill amends Section 1045-j of the public authorities law by adding a new subdivision 3-a which mandates that the water board shall not impose any type of minimum charge, fee, rate or rent upon any class of users.

Section 3 of the bill sets forth an immediate effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:

This law will eliminate the current city regulations which impose a minimum charge for water service within a monthly billing period as per New York City Rules and Regulations, Title 15, §II B.

On a daily basis, citizens of this city are faced with unrelenting cost of living increases while many are on fixed incomes. The ever increasing costs for everything from gasoline prices to property tax increases to the cost of medical care and prescription medicines are making it virtually impossible for many people to financially survive.

In response to these uncontrollable costs, one of the ways in which people try and gain some control over their monthly budgets is by conserving their use of heating fuel, vehicle fuel, and for many, their consumption of water. Unfortunately, because of the "minimum charge" for metered water rates being assessed by the city, people who are conserving their water use are in effect being penalized for that conservation.

The minimum charge for water service is one of those regulations that makes no sense and ultimately sends the wrong message to consumers. If we are going to charge for consumption, then charge for consumption and do not penalize those people who are trying to conserve their water usage.

Not only can conservation help people on fixed incomes to control their costs, but it is also an important virtue that we should all be adhering to with the ever-increasing demands we are placing on our environment.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

To Be Determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6154 IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 8, 2014 ___________
Introduced by Sen. AVELLA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Cities AN ACT to amend the administrative code of the city of New York and the public authorities law, in relation to abolishing the minimum charge for water supply in the city of New York THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 24-335 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended to read as follows: S 24-335 Charges where supply is metered. No charge for the supply of water other than a meter charge[, minimum charge] or annual service charge shall be made against any houses or lots or any portion or portions thereof where a water meter may have been or shall be placed. In all cases where a water meter may have been or shall be placed, the charge for supply of water shall be determined only by the quantity of water actually used, as shown by such meters, except for [a minimum charge or] an annual service charge and except as provided by subdivi- sion four of section seven hundred thirty-four of the charter. S 2. Section 1045-j of the public authorities law is amended by adding a new subdivision 3-a to read as follows: 3-A. THE WATER BOARD SHALL NOT IMPOSE ANY TYPE OF MINIMUM CHARGE, FEE, RATE OR RENT UPON ANY CLASS OF USERS OF PROPERTY SERVED. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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