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Audit shows Sorrento still with delinquent unpaid accounts

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SORRENTO - An independent audit found the town of Sorrento still unable to collect on past due accounts but the mayor says the numbers are inaccurate.

The audit found that Sorrento experienced a net operating loss of more than 100,000 dollars over the last two years in utility operations.

Mayor Mike Lambert argues that it's not a monetary loss but a lose in utility equipment depreciating over time but records show there was still a 78 thousand dollar loss in utilities this year, which is an increase from the year before.

"They don't have to offer it, but they do and you should just do your job and try pay the bill," said Durrell Desira, who lives in Sorrento.

The auditor states that Sorrento has adopted new policies to collect delinquent utility accounts.

The mayor says over the last seven year people have not been paying their sewer and garbage bills. He says he's hoping to collect around 19 to 21 thousand dollars.
Mayor also says they have sent out delinquent notices for hundreds of residents that haven't paid, and they have received some payments so far.

City leaders will talk on Tuesday at the city council meeting with the auditors to talk more about specifics.


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