MOUNT VERNON — Efforts may be escalating in attempts to collect delinquent sewer bills in the Clinton Township Water District. CTWD President John Holland told the News he is currently at a point of being unable to meet expenses with customers falling behind in paying their bills.
“We’re trying to get a starting point with the city to find out what their procedure is ... when people get a letter, when they get a knock on the door ... we’re trying to understand what happens with their collection procedures on these delinquent accounts,” said Holland. “We decided at the last board meeting that we want to get a little more aggressive. We are looking at anybody over five billing cycles as on our radar to do something about them.”
The CTWD had initially incurred a debt upon installing sewer lines in phases across the township to hook them up to service with the city of Mount Vernon. A one-time assessment was then issued to customers to help pay for this debt with the remainder being assessed by a “Clinton charge” which goes onto customers’ quarterly bills.
Bills for Clinton Township residents include a base rate for city service, a 40 percent surcharge to the city and a $76.95 fee for debt payoff per quarter.