East Hampton Town officials are expecting an $80,000 refund from PSEG Long Island after a town audit found the utility company overcharged the town to power its streetlamps.
An audit performed by town Parks and Buildings Department staffer Severo Kristofich found PSEG was charging East Hampton for 883 lights when it only had 764. He also found that the town was in some instances charged for a 400-watt bulb, which cost $23 per month, when it was only using a 75-watt bulb, which cost $4.46 per month.
The miscalculation resulted in an overcharge of $1,577.03 per month for more than four years.
“The fact is they overbilled the town," said Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc. "But to their credit they gave us a credit. We have multiple accounts. We didn’t know about it until we reviewed what they were charging us. It’s not like they went out and checked, either.”
Kristofich, who used a geographic information map to conduct the audit, said he volunteered to do it because of his familiarity with the mapping system. “It took me about seven weeks total,” he said during an Oct. 9 town board work session.
PSEG spokeswoman Elizabeth Flagler said Monday that the utility relies on municipalities to report their numbers and that the refund would be reflected in the town's utility bills.
"Once the town was able to update its records and provide an accurate report to PSEG Long Island, we were able to recalculate the bill," she said.