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Updated:
Tuesday, June 24 2014, 12:56 AM EDT
Chattanooga Cracks Down on Late Sewer Payments
The city of Chattanooga is taking action to make sure everyone with unpaid sewer bills pays up or faces consequences.

The city tells us there are more than 100 customers with sewer bills exceeding $1,000. They say that's unacceptable.

Beginning
Tuesday June 24th, the city is holding customers accountable for not
paying their sewer bills.  The options are getting it paid, arranging a
payment plan, or their water will be shut off.

"The last thing we want to do is shut off people's water," said Chattanooga Chief Operating Officer Brent Goldberg.

But, that may be reality if you live or work in the city of Chattanooga and you've got a sewer bill exceeding $1,000.

"Beginning
tomorrow, we will begin issuing work orders to Tennessee American Water
Company to start shutting off water for unpaid sewer bills," said
Goldberg.

And it doesn't stop there. Beginning July 7th,
customers with sewer bills under a thousand dollars will have their
water shut off. That's if they don't pay up or call the city as soon as
possible to arrange a payment plan.

"The city took over billing
from Tennessee American Company approximately two years ago and we have
not shut water off for unpaid sewer bills until now," said Goldberg.

NewsChannel
9 learned there are less than 1% of residents with sewer bills
exceeding $1,000.  That's 125 customers out of 170,000 thousand
residents.

To break it down even further, this includes 100 commercial customers and 25 residential customers.

"This
is part of the way that we fund our sewer system is through the fees
paid by our taxpayer and we feel like it's important to make sure that
everyone is paying their fair share," said Goldberg.

The issue
is causing quite a buzz on our Facebook page.  Ashley Danielle Watson
writes, "Pay your bill and you won't have this problem."  Meanwhile,
Chris Anderson, who's not the elected city councilman, writes, "It's
ridiculous to have to pay $45.00 for sewer."

City councilman Moses Freeman weighed in Monday.

"We
didn't have a process in place to collect or disrupt your services
earlier, but now we do, and we're starting at the top at the thousand
dollar level," said Councilman Freeman.

Again, the city wants
everyone to get their sewer bills paid or at least call them to arrange a
payment plan.  You can contact the city at 423-425-6311.

By Jerry AskinChattanooga Cracks Down on Late Sewer Payments

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