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St. Gabriel residents get another break on sewer bills

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ST. GABRIEL - Residents in the City of St. Gabriel will get yet another break if they owe outstanding sewer bills.

July 1 was supposed to be the cut-off date when residents started getting their water turned off. The City of St. Gabriel is owed nearly a quarter of a million dollars because people are just not paying up. Over the past year and a half the WBRZ Investigative Unit found at least one third of the residents there weren't paying.

"The mayor inherited that problem from the former administration and so fourth," Parish President Mitch Ourso said. "I've talked to him about it, and he asked for help."

Mayor Lionel Johnson told us, since our last story, 92 people have come in to get on payment plans with the city. The city has also collected nearly $10,000 in deposits for the unpaid sewer bills.

Although a cut-off date was scheduled for today, that date will now get pushed back until July 20 since a parish building where people can pay their bills hasn't opened yet. Ourso said there was a problem with getting subcontractors paid, and that is what delayed the opening. That building is where residents can pay their utility bills.

Ourso knows that a crack down needs to happen soon to prevent taxpayers from subsidizing the city's sewer.

"As much as you staying on it, he wants to get it done," Ourso said. "He assured me that it's going to happen."

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