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Maurice stuck with unpaid utility bills

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Many residents in the Village of Maurice are leaving town without paying their water and sewer bills, leaving village government to pick up the tab. Since sewer and water rates increased over the past few years, if a renter moves out of their residence without paying any outstanding bill, their current deposit of one hundred dollars isn't covering delinquent accounts, leaving the village with a hefty bill.

That's why Village Mayor Wayne Theriot is proposing an ordinance that would increase a renter's deposit. Theriot says it's his responsibility to look at the stability of their system. That currently they have over four thousand dollars in delinquencies that the village has to write off. But it's not just renters who are leaving behind their bills, homeowners are doing the same. Right now homeowners are not required to put down a deposit, but that could change under the proposed ordinance.

Theriot suggested the renter's deposit be increased from $100 to $150 and that suggested deposit for new homeowners in the village would be $100. There will be a public hearing on this at the next village meeting.

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