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Bay St. Louis councilmen question utility account shortfall

BAY ST. LOUIS — An approximately $140,000 shortfall in a utility debt services account has prompted the Bay St. Louis City Council to hold a specially called meeting Tuesday.

Councilmen Lonnie Falgout tells The Sun Herald money collected from surcharges on residents’ utility bills since October has not been deposited into the account, and the city has a bond payment due in June,

To help pay off the bond, the council last August enacted a $13 monthly surcharge on every resident’s utility bill, which went into effect in October.

Mayor Les Fillingame said there’s no problem with the accounts, only that it has taken a little longer to calculate.

A similar situation in January inflamed tensions between the council and the administration following a mistaken $19,000 disbursement from the municipal harbor account.

 

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