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April 26, 2013

Council looks to write off bills

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The committee agreed to waive the fees and forwarded a request that the council remove the date limitation from the current resolution, leaving discretion to waive fees from landlords that have yet to come forward with the city administrator or finance director.

The debt associated with this latest release of unpaid renter bills from 2005 to 2006 could be up to $3,234. Kinser did not have a breakdown as to what was related to sewer, solid waste and penalties and staff still needs to investigate if the rental properties were registered rentals when the debt was incurred.

A landlord who already paid bills that fell into this forgiveness period could also receive a refund with proof of payment.

“Ultimately we’re trying to get those figures off the books. If writing it off is the way we do it, then that’s the way we do it. It’s ultimately up to your direction now,” Kinser advised.

Council members unanimously voted to send the revised resolution forward to the city council for final approval.

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