City Utilities Department Procedures Questioned

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MOSS POINT, Miss. (AP) – Officials say the Moss Point Utilities Department has a $3.4 million deficit because of bills that have gone unpaid for years without any service interruption to the customers with the delinquent bills.

Mayor Billy Broomfield tells The Sun Herald (http://bit.ly/2fs6jNl) the reason the city has so many unpaid water bills is certain employees in the city’s Utilities Department have been allowing some customers to make small cash payments in exchange for keeping their service. The mayor says a lot of those payments, though minimal, never made it into city coffers.

Two employees in the Utilities Department resigned earlier this year.

City Clerk Stephanie Coleman said the former employees had been manipulating Utilities Department records in such a way that is was almost impossible to know what was going on.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com

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