Erie City Council Talks Sewer, Garbage and Water Fee Combination

Published 03/05 2014 05:57PM

Updated 03/05 2014 07:09PM

March 5, 2014 - Erie City Council is taking strides when it comes to addressing the delinquent garbage fee problem.

Members of City Council along with the city solicitor, finance director and CEO of Erie Water Works are getting closer to reaching a resolution to combat the problem.

It seems all city council members are on board with the latest proposed solution.

Paul Vojtek, CEO of Erie Water Works, says delinquent garbage accounts decreased by $240,000 since the beginning of the year.

The latest discussions from council include combining water, sewer and garbage fees.

That would save the city anywhere from $70,000 to $90,000 in billing fees.

It would also give Erie Water Works the ability to shut off water if residents don't pay their bills.

But, City Council and Water Works must wait for legal opinion before the proposal can move forward.

If there is a change, Vojtek says it likely won’t go into effect until the third quarter.

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