West York Borough, in York, Pa., is owed an estimated $500,000 as a result of delinquent residential sewer accounts, borough officials reported.
The issue was discussed earlier this week at a council meeting as the borough works to transfer its sewer accounts to York Water Company. The borough has 400 overdue accounts, according to figures provided by the York Water Company. One such account currently owes $20,000 dollars in back payment.
As the transfer progresses, the borough will start sending notices to addresses where accounts are in arrears, with the option of shutting off service if the outstanding bill isn't addressed.
At the meeting, more discussion occurred regarding how to handle back accounts, payment plans and forgiveness options. There will be payment plan available to residents, said Shelley Metzler, council president.
"It’s $500,000 dollars that the borough could really use and is owed to the borough,” said Metzler, who added that the council will vote on guidelines for contacting residents and offering payment plans at their next meeting.The council also unanimously ratified moving forward with MuniciPAY, an online service that would be linked on the borough’s website and, for a fee, allow residents to pay borough-related expenses, including sewer back payments, with credit cards over the website.