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PROPOSAL TO WAIVE FEES FOR 2ND METERS REVIVED.

Byline: Deborah Sullivan Daily News Staff Writer

A proposal to waive inspection fees for second water meters that was voted down in a Los Angeles City Council Committee two months ago was revived in a vigorous debate by the full council Tuesday.

The council ultimately delayed action to look for new city funds to cover the costs. The $43.40 fee pays for city inspections of new water meters, installed by customers who wish to cut their sewer fees by excluding water used for landscaping from their sewer bills.

Councilmen Hal Bernson and Joel Wachs had asked for waiver.

`This isn't a tremendous amount of money,'' Bernson said. By waiving the cost, ``This gives people the opportunity to put in a second meter so they can determine what their fair share is.''

Said Wachs: ``All we're waiving is our administrative fee for installing the second meter. We're not paying for the second meter.''

Councilwomen Cindy Miscikowski and Ruth Galanter argued that the city can't afford to absorb the cost, and the savings of a second water meter exceeds the fee.

`We've enacted this complicated system in order to do something more equitable than just charging per parcel,'' Galanter said. ``And it seems to me we shouldn't keep throwing more money at it.''

The council delayed a decision after Councilman Mike Feuer asked staffers to look for ways to make up the loss.

Bernson also asked whether licensed plumbers who install second water meters could certify their proper installation, eliminating the need for a city inspection.
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