Buckhead residents grumble about water shut-offs

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - Residents in Atlanta's wealthy Buckhead neighborhood are complaining their water was shut off because of delinquent payments. But they say it's hard to miss a payment when you didn't know the money was owed. When the city raised water rates 27.5 percent in June, the rate hikes weren't immediately added to bills.

Now, the Department of Watershed Management is back-billing for the money it didn't collect right away - and residents say the fees are showing up for the first time on their December bills.

City Councilman Howard Shook tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he can't even attend his kids' basketball games without hearing complaints.

Department spokeswoman Janet Ward says officials are investigating, but added there was nothing improper about the recent bills or water shut-offs.

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