copyright the Chronicle May 25, 2016
by Elizabeth Trail
BARTON — Water rates at the nonprofit Barton Chambers Apartments have gone up an average of 48 percent, said Gary Marcotte, the manager of the four apartment buildings.
Mr. Marcotte paid a visit to the Barton Village Trustees at their Monday night meeting to show them a chart he had prepared comparing water usage and water costs for the apartments between last year and this year.
“The rate concept is flawed,” Mr. Marcotte said.
The Barton Chambers Apartments are for low-income and senior citizens. Rents are set by Rural Development, based on income, and utilities are paid by Rural Development rather than by individual residents.
Rural Development set its rates last fall before Barton Village raised its water and electric rates, Mr. Marcotte said.
Between water and electricity, which also went up by 18 percent in December, Mr. Marcotte expects it to cost about $15,000 extra…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:
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