Tignish getting tough on delinquent accounts

Eric McCarthy
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TIGNISH -- Tignish Council chairman was talking tough Monday about dealing with sewer and water customers who are behind on their utility payments.

Councillor Joey Carragher

“This time, as far as I’m concerned, we have to shut somebody off in order to show them that they just can’t be delinquent in their bills,” Allan McInnis instructed his councillors. He suggested council was too lenient in dealing with delinquent accounts in the past.

Sewer committee chairman Joey Carragher had indicated that the last round of letters only brought in a trickle of money from customers who were behind in their payments.

“I went over them accounts this evening, and there are some that there is no need of them being as high as they are,” McInnis responded. “We have to take a hardcore approach on this the first week of May, because, if we don’t, then it’s going to be like the last year when we were lenient and people were taking advantage of the system.”

The last round of letters threatened action if the accounts were not dealt with by May 8.

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