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Council Moves Toward Billing Change to Combat Delinquent Trash Fees

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Erie City Council today took a first step toward a billing change to help curb delinquent trash fees.
 Council voted unanimously to ask Erie Water Works to combine trash and sewer bills. Combining the bills would allow the authority to turn off water for non payment of trash fees.
 Currently the delinquent accounts total about $2 million. The plan is to target property owners who refuse to pay or set up a payment plan.
 Erie Water Works says computer, billing and collection systems will have to be adjusted before the change can go into effect.
 Erie Water Works CEO Paul Vojtek said, "It will take some time and effort to do that. Some preliminary discussions with out folks they did indicate it is not an easy fix. But it is something that can be done."
 Council must still take one more vote to make the billing change official.
 It is not likely to go into effect until later this year, or early next year.
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