With little advance notice to customers, the Reading Area Water Authority’s regular water and sewer bills mailed last week contained an extra $95 charge for city trash and recycling, and a demand that the charge be paid by month’s end lest penalties be imposed.
The move left Mayor Vaughn D. Spencer’s administration and the authority doing damage control, answering complaints by people who say they can’t pay the unexpected bill on time.
And it fueled City Council’s anger that Spencer shut it out of the process, then mishandled the planning.
“It’s outrageous,” customer Sandy Burkhart told council Monday. ”The city should think of us poor people who have nothing.”