Delinquent water bills adding up

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Delinquent water accounts in the town of Mount Olive are expected to total around $80,000 when the state mandated moratorium on termination of service ends on Aug. 1.

Early on with the COVID-19 pandemic, orders came down to municipalities that vital services could not be terminated.

The directive ends Aug. l.

Town officials said, at last check, delinquent accounts totaled $57,000 and could climb as high as $80,000 at the end of this month.

Officials say a plan has been put in place to help those who are behind on their accounts catch up.

Town Manager Charles Brown said the plan will offer payment arrangements to help those who are months behind.

“We will set up a six months payment plan for anyone with a delinquent account to allow them time to get caught up,” said the town manager.

Brown also said he will have some updated numbers sometime this week.

The town also has to file a report on the situation with the state attorney general’s office.

There has always been a certain segment of residents who are late paying their bill, Brown said, and it will be difficult to determine if the pandemic has had a major impact on the numbers.

Brown also reminds residents that when bills go out on Aug. 1 that failure to pay them will result in terminations of service.

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