Audit Finds Billing Errors at Sewage Plant


A state audit has found that officials at the Binghamton-Johnson City Joint Sewage Treatment Plant made $1.3 million in billing errors.
The report from the state comptroller’s office found that Binghamton users were over-billed by $140,000 and Johnson City users were under-billed by around $430,000 between early 2008 and mid 2009.
Sewage Board Chairman Edward Crumb says the errors stem from numbers that were given to them by Binghamton and Johnson City. He says verifying those numbers is not the board’s responsibility.
Crumb says they will meet soon to come up with a plan to fix the problems found in the audit. That plan could include forcing municipalities and their residents to pay the correct amount if they underpaid or receive credits if they overpaid.

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