City still owed $13,253 by late paying customers

Wausau to enforce water shut-offs on delinquent bills

Chipley attorney Jeff Goodman discusses providing legal services to the town of Wausau during Thursday’s Town Council meeting at Wausau.

Published: Friday, March 15, 2013 at 04:02 PM.

WAUSAU — Come March 25, Wausau Town Council members want to stop the flow of city water — at least the water flow to the town's delinquent customers.

City Clerk Margaret Riley presented a report to the Town Council on Thursday showing that collection of past-due water bills has improved steadily over the past few months, but there is still quite a bit to be collected.

“We’ve gotten something from all of them,” Riley told the council members. “Every one of them has come in and made a payment, and we’ve got one on Monday that we’re cutting off.”

As of March 14, the city was still looking to collect $13,253.02 in late payments from Wausau water department customers. Of that amount, $7,443.25 is owed to the city on bills that are more than 90 days delinquent, Riley said.

The late paying customers became an issue for the city in July when the State Auditors noted the $25,000 deficit. Town Council members acted last summer to step up collection efforts.

According to Riley’s report, as of March 14 the town was owed $19,752.08 for water payments. Of that amount, $6,415.38 is the amount due in the current billing cycle.

“Let’s be sure we don’t let this happen again,” council member Dallas Carter said.

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