Mount Olive leader notes slight increase in delinquent bills

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Normally there are 70 to 80 residents who are late in paying their monthly water bill, and the current COVID-19 pandemic has shown some impact with delinquent bills.

But, Town Manager Charles Brown said it is “nothing major.”

Those who are routinely late every month continue to be late, he said.

Most of the town’s 1,900 water customers have continued to pay their water bills on time, and Brown said it appears everyone has adapted to the situation. Water bills in Mount Olive include sewer service and trash pickup.

“With the economic situation as it is and unemployment skyrocketing, it would seem logical that we would see a big spike in delinquent water bills,” Brown said.

But the town has only seen a slight increase so far.

No water accounts have been cut off since the pandemic began back in March. Gov. Roy Cooper issued an executive order to prevent termination of utilities.

Brown said water department officials will organize six-month payment plans for those residents who failed to pay their bills on time.

Monthly revenue from water bills totals approximately $382,000. Brown said there has been no noticeable decline.

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