In the middle of March, I received our city utility bill of $705.10 for the previous two months. I contacted the city about the portion of the bill that read, “Restaurant/Tavern first 20 seats $487.32.”

I asked to have the issue brought before the council and mayor about making an adjustment to this cost since I have been mandated by the governor to close. I suggested adjusting the bill to the size of the meter and water use until we are allowed to reopen. I explained we will have our seafood market open so we will have some water use.

My new two-month bill I just got was $691.56 and it no longer said, “Restaurant/Tavern first 20 seats $487.32.”

I sent an email to the city and said, “You must be joking … we have been forced to close.”

The city’s response was, “Sadly we are not! We understand these times are a hardship on everyone and the burden is not always shared equally. At this point, we have not been granted any legal way to suspend or ignore billing of our utilities.”

I didn’t ask for my bill or be suspended or ignored. I suggested an adjustment, not a manipulation, of the bill. My opinion, the city doesn’t get the idea that we are all in this together.

SEAN MORETZ

DBA Crab Pot

Long Beach

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