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Delinquent water accounts nearly $10,000 in Ottertail city

As of January 17, 2008, the listing of delinquent water account balances in the city of Ottertail was $10,587.17. However, due to a resolution passed by the council to certify the balances due for collection, the city will not be stuck with payin...

As of January 17, 2008, the listing of delinquent water account balances in the city of Ottertail was $10,587.17. However, due to a resolution passed by the council to certify the balances due for collection, the city will not be stuck with paying the delinquent fees.

Letters were sent out in December to the delinquent users informing them that "any balance due on their account considered delinquent as of Dec. 31, 2007 would be certified to the County Auditor in January 2008 for collection with their payable 2008 taxes."

By the city council's January 24 meeting, several of the payments had been made.

"We still do have $8,200 to certify," reported Ottertail city clerk Linda Bjelland.

Bjelland explained how certifying the balances to taxes is an effective way for the city to recover unpaid balances This way, the only situation in which the city wouldn't receive the money is if people are not paying their taxes. Even then, the city will eventually receive the money due.

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Amounts certified as of January 17 ranged from $64 to $748 with a total of 38 delinquent accounts.

The city will send a certified copy of the assessment for unpaid water account balances/ water meters to the County Auditor to be placed upon the tax list, plus interest computed at 6 percent.

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