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LEWISTON – The Lewiston Town Board, in a special meeting Wednesday morning, voted to end the New York Power Authority water rate discount for village and town residents.

Residents will see an increase of approximately $10 per month in their next bills.

A few months ago, Supervisor Dennis J. Brochey attempted to reduce the resident discount, which used Power Authority relicensing money to reduce water bills and redirect it to pay for water meters. In discussions with Power Authority officials, the practice of using the relicensing money for water bills was questioned, and the town was ordered to end the practice immediately.

Town Finance Director Paul Kloosterman said after the meeting that the relicensing funds will be held in an account “until we come up with a plan to get this money back into residents’ hands.”

In another matter, the board agreed to participate in a health care consortium feasibility study. Town supervisors are studying a plan to self-fund a health insurance plan, and the county has also expressed interest in the consortium, said Brochey.

“We have to have at least 2,000 members to make this successful, and with the possibility of Niagara County coming in, there may be 4,000 people involved in this,” Brochey said.

Brochey aid there is no cost to the town to be part of the study.

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