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NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A3081 SPONSOR: Colton (MS)
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public authorities law, in relation to establishing a time limit to challenge the New York City water board fees, rates, rents and other service charges   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Provides that the NYC Water Board shall not establish a limit of less than six years to challenge any service charges for the use of or services furnished by the board.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends Public Authorities Law section 1045-g to establish a six year statute of limitations commencing from the date of the bill to challenge water and sewer bills from New York City Water Board.   JUSTIFICATION: Four years is not adequate time for a customer to file a complaint with respect to a water or sewer bill. The six-year time limit has been applicable since the inception of the New York City Water Board's authority should be continued. Six years is the normal statute of limi- tations to utility customers throughout the state. There continues to be substantial confusion concerning the application of metered or fron- tage rates, caps on metered bills and leak forgiveness. The water and sewer-age bills are complicated by the transition to meters and the changing rates and regulations. The New York City Water Board has placed no similar limitation of its ability to collect unpaid charges and to place a limitation on the customer is unfair. The Water Board not the customer has control of the meter.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2013-14: A.1472/Corps 2011-12: A.957/Corps 2009-10: A.1323/Corps 2008: A.3226/Corps 2007: A.3226/Corps 2006: A.7065/Passed 2005: A.7065/Passed 2004: A.1072/Passed, S.4479/Corps, Auth 2003: A.1072/Passed, S.4479/Corps, Auth 2002: A9959/Corps. Autho   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.