Saturday, June 5, 2021 10:40 AM EST
By The Associated Press, AP
SAVANNAH, Ga. — Officials in Georgia's oldest city say they plan to start collecting soon on some long overdue utility bills. Savannah officials say the city is owed more than $25 million in unpaid water bills. Mayor Van Johnson says many of the overdue payments date back to 2019. WJCL-TV reports the pile of outstanding bills grew larger over the past year as the coronavirus pandemic left many people jobless and unable to pay. The mayor says that's too much money owed to City Hall for Savannah to keep serving residents efficiently. Johnson says city officials are willing to work out payment arrangements with people who need it, but they have to start collecting on the unpaid bills.