The Schenectady County Legislature voted unanimously Tuesday night to correct multiple errors concerning a number of properties in the town of Rotterdam after a billing snafu caused some residents to see their sewer tax bills jump almost 800%.
Taxpayers who have not yet paid will have their sewer tax bills frozen until a new, corrected bill can be issued, without risking interest or penalties, a news release said.
People who have already paid their bills will receive a refund for the difference between what they paid and what they actually should have been charged, according to the release. Around two-thirds of the residents affected in the error have paid their bills, town Deputy Supervisor Jack Dodson said. Those residents who were not charged at all for sewer tax this year will have to pay for the charges they should’ve received for 2022 on their 2023 bill.
“That amount is expected to be about $36,” a release from the county states.
Since receiving their tax bills around Jan. 3, over 100 residents have called town hall to ask what exactly caused the jump in costs.
Payment of the debt burden is due for the town’s capital improvement projects at the treatment plant several years ago and improvements involving extension work in Sewer District 2 years ago, according to town officials.
However, when the town billed its residents — around $144,000 — was only applied to the residents in Extension 1 rather than all of the extensions that were part of the project. The district consists of 15 extensions.