JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Jackson residents continue questioning the city’s water department while the collection numbers indicate a crisis.
The Clarion-Ledger reports (http://on.thec-l.com/1MFWMxn) the city is collecting payment for water on roughly 82 percent of its customer accounts.
During a city council meeting Monday, administrators sought to let the city know it’s not as straight forward as one might think.
Public Works Director Kishia Powell told the council there have been several issues that have hindered the department from being able to get water bills out, mainly meters that weren’t uploaded properly.
Jackson is suffering a $4.9 million shortfall in its water and sewer contingency fund, which the city is required to keep under its bond agreement. The water-sewer budget has a roughly $13 million deficit for the beginning of this fiscal year.