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Thousands owed to City of Sorrento

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SORRENTO - Several dozen people owe thousands of dollars to the City of Sorrento for city services like water, trash, sewer and even for the demolition of condemned properties. Some of the bills add up to more than $1,000.

"We are operating a lot in the red," said Councilman Jason Adams.

Adams believes the total owed to the town could add up to as much as $60,000. He and other council members are still tallying up the total.

"It's a black eye on the town. As far as bills not being paid; but that has got to stop," said Adams. "That could go a long way towards roads, you know, maintenance and things of that sort."

WBRZ requested the list of delinquent addresses and knocked on their doors looking for answers. One of the people on the list is city council member Patti Melancon Poche. In a phone conversation, she told News 2 she plans to make payments to the city of Sorrento and get current in the next few weeks.

Some of the people who pay their bills on time are frustrated.

"Some people are not paying their bills. So the town is trying to collect the money. That's all I can tell you," said Ronald Bourgeois.

Adams said things in the town need to change. Right now, if you stop paying for services, the services don't stop.

"Everybody's feet have to be held to the fire," said Adams. "Anything less than $500 we are looking at misdemeanor charges. Anything over $500 we are looking at felony charges."

City council members plan to meet Friday to figure out their next step. Sending certified letters requesting payment is within the realm of possibilities.



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