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Residents Complain about Water and Utility Ordinance

Posted: Jan 24, 2013 7:30 PM by Micah Smith
Updated: Jan 24, 2013 7:52 PM

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WELLSVILLE - Some residents are upset about a new city ordinance that allowed the city to turn off water for people who did not pay their 2012 property taxes. KOMU 8 News received an anonymous tip stating that some residents were not given any warnings before getting their water shut off.

Wellsville Mayor Howard Steele said this is not true. He said two warnings were given in the newspaper and numerous warnings were posted at city hall.

But while some residents are upset about the new measure, others said it is fair and will make people pay.

"I think it's an important ordinance to have. There's a small handful of people that don't pay their taxes and it's not fair for the rest of the people that do pay their taxes. So the city doesn't have an option but to take the route and collect," said Dairy Mart owner Brian Maskey.

Mayor Steele stated so far about 25 people whose water was turned off, have since paid their taxes or signed up for a payment plan.

Steele also said there will be a city council meeting on February 21, and residents who are concerned about the ordinance are encouraged to come and voice their opinions.

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