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Flintstone Woman Speaks About Paying for Services

December 17th, 2019 by WCBC Radio

At the end of Allegany County Commissioner Meetings, residents get an opportunity to bring issues before the board.  Last week, Renee Bloss, of Flintstone, let the commissioners know that she and her neighbors are having trouble paying for the cost of government services.  Among many things, Bloss objected to having to pay a set minimum for water, even though her usage was very small…

8 Responses to “Flintstone Woman Speaks About Paying for Services”

  1. December 17, 2019 at 8:04 am, Bill Brauch said:

    Here is what I’d like to see Miss Bloss do: move to a more centralized location where the cost of infrastructure is less than having to reach all the way out to her in the boondocks. Hope she enjoys every plowed paved road, bridge, and culvert she crossed to come to the Commissioners meeting. If she and her neighbors lived on Mechanic Street in downtown Cumberland her cost of infrastructure would be less out my pocket and hers. Sit down lady and drink your water.

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    • December 17, 2019 at 8:27 am, Bob said:

      > It is hard to believe she would pay less in Cumberland after Grim et al nearly doubled the sewer rates and the recent increase in the trash rate well above the large increase by the contractor. Cumberland would also force her to contribute to a charity that has gone way off mission through the outrageous rates demanded of paying customers so they can give free service to the YMCA and others.

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    • December 17, 2019 at 12:15 pm, Jay said:

      Why would anyone want to live on Mechanic Street?

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  2. December 17, 2019 at 9:20 am, John T Hare said:

    That is called theft and it happens all the time with the government. Should be no minimum payment set for things like this. Just another way of collecting money for government from people. Nobody should have to pay for anybody other than themselves. That is why this country is in the mess we are in now!

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  3. December 17, 2019 at 9:32 am, mac said:

    All utilities should be priced on actual amounts used.
    On one hand we are told to conserve precious resources and on the other hand we are charged for X amount whether it is used or not.
    If an individual is charged for X number of gallons of water per month they may want to consider a sideline business of filling swimming pools every summer. And don’t forget to keep your lawn green with copious watering. You’ve paid for it use it.

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  4. December 17, 2019 at 10:49 am, Ken said:

    I don’t know what the monthly costs are in Flintstone but here in Bel Air, where we enjoy Utilities Inc’s service, we have some of the highest rates in the country.

    Last I heard our mayor was looking at handing control of Cumberland’s water and sewer to them.

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  5. December 17, 2019 at 12:59 pm, jim said:

    If she and her loved ones work full time, they can afford a water bill.

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  6. December 18, 2019 at 3:37 am, Ken said:

    Jim, I have no idea how you can make such a statement. You have no idea what this woman has for bills, for example, medical bills or taking care of an elderly family member.

    Here in Bel Air, our water and sewer bill can exceed $200/month. The customer service people at Utilities Inc tell us that our water usage is well below the average for their customers.

    In context, the average cost for water and sewer here in the US is $104/month.
    https://www.bluefieldresearch.com/research/u-s-municipal-water-wastewater-utility-rate-index-2019/

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