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Campbell cracking down on delinquent water bills



Published: Fri, August 1, 2014 @ 9:55 p.m.

CAMPBELL

City officials are cracking down on delinquent water accounts — and on the residents who habitually request payment extensions.

Water service linked to accounts not paid in full by Aug. 25 will be disconnected, and will resume only after both the bill and the water turn-on charge are paid. No further extensions will be granted.

Judith Clement, city administrator, explained that city code dictates the granting of payment extensions. They are limited to two requests per calendar year and are meant to temporarily “help people in dire straits,” such as those facing medical issues, Clement said. Plus, water service that already has been disconnected for nonpayment is not eligible for payment extensions.

But that’s not how the system is working, she added.

“People are taking advantage of it, because they’ve gotten away with it in the past,” Clement said. “We have to run this like a business.”

Read more about the crackdown in Saturday's Vindicator or on Vindy.com.


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1JS(646 comments)posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago

In the land of plenty water is being withheld from the poor.

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2Ianacek(908 comments)posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago

I hope Campbell has a system in place like Youngstown , whereby landlords can be notified of water account balances of tenants .

When a tenant skips , the City asks the property owner to pay the defaulting tenant's bill , under threat of disconnection .

There is a moral hazard here in that the tenant never learns to pay . Water depts should share consumer debt information , so that a tenant cannot reconnect elsewhere without first having paid their final bill . If the landlord has paid in the meantime to get their rental re let , they should be reimbursed from the tenant recovery .

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3joebag09(251 comments)posted 1 month, 1 week ago

I think they need to look at the rates they charge vs what you're getting. My mother is 90+, lives alone and uses a fraction of water my family and I use , yet her bills compare to mine. It's ridiculus!

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