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City should delay smart meter vote
There is no question that Baltimore needs to improve its water billing system. Chronic errors have produced thousands of inaccurate bills with mistakes totaling millions of dollars. The fact that two meter readers admitted to fabricating their work — and the fact that they could get away with it — only underscores the point. Baltimore residents are going to have to pay ever-increasing rates to cover the cost of repairing the water system's aging pipes, and they can't be asked to shoulder that burden if they don't have confidence that the bills are accurate. The system needs to be fixed, and it needs to be fixed now.
November 5, 2013