Defiance City Council on Monday night, discussed the problem of delinquent water bills.
The Crescent News reports that following more than 90 minutes of deliberation, the three-member utilities committee agreed to consider the issue further at council’s regular session set for July 22.
Concerns are floating around about how the city might cut the $44,000 in delinquent water bills that renters have rung up so far just this year alone. According to City officials, they can bill landlords for the delinquent amount, but there is some reluctance in City Hall to do that, and even more resistance from the landlords.
While some noted that water and sewer revenues amount to about $6.6 million in Defiance so far this year, $44,000 is just 0.7 percent of the total. While most agreed that as a percentage, that’s pretty good, but in terms of a dollar amount it’s a lot.
One idea that was brought up included raising the $75 water deposit to $150 or $200 as well as increasing the water reconnection fee from $20 to $50.