Comptroller Bill Thompson is asking Michael Bloomberg to conduct a citywide audit of all agencies to make sure they have paid their water and sewer bills.
Thompson made the request in a letter today, one day after he announced he had discovered the city Economic Development Corporation failed to collect water and sewer payments from their subtenants for 22 years, at a cost of about $4.5 million.
Meanwhile, water and sewer rates are about to go up 14.5 percent.
“This situation is simply outrageous," Thompson writes in the letter, which goes on:
“In order to ensure that these poor practices are not even more widespread, I urge your staff to thoroughly examine all City agencies for any failures to pay their water or sewer bills or collect the costs from sub-tenants. New Yorkers should not be subsidizing the City’s unpaid bills nor should they be expected to shoulder the consequences of the City’s lax oversight.”