WAUSAU — The city has collected all but about $9,000 of the water bills that were delinquent in Wausau, the Town Council learned Thursday night.


WAUSAU — The city has collected all but about $9,000 of the water bills that were delinquent in Wausau, the Town Council learned Thursday night.



“We have about 26 people who are at the end of the 90-day range, and 18 of them have been in to make a payment,” City Clerk Margaret Riley said. “A few of them are still trying to get caught up, and we have a few that we are going to have to cut off their water.”



Riley said the delinquent amount was down from a high of about $22,000 last year, which caught the attention of the council when it was brought to light following an audit of the town’s finances.



“We have had some people who have habitually behind, and they’ve been that way for 17 years,” Riley said, “and I don’t expect them to change.” However, the town has been more adamant about having the water bills paid or shutting off the service.



“How long are we going to give them to try?” Council Member Marlene Blount asked.



“Everybody has been in making some payment,” Riley said, adding that two accounts she didn’t expect to hear from had come in to make payments, and one troublesome account had been paid in full.



“We definitely need to keep going forward with this,” Councilman Dallas Carter said.



Riley said there was $8,264 still outstanding from prior to Jan. 1, 2013, and there is $1,217 outstanding in past due water bills for 2013.



“It’s coming down, so we are moving in the right direction,” Mayor B.J. Phillips said.