In order to collect more than $1 million owed to the city, Jeffersonville is releasing the names of its top 10 offenders.
Jeffersonville’s Sewer Billing office is using the tactic to try and collect unpaid sewer bills that are owed to the city.
Utility Billing Manager Elisha Dale said the outstanding sewer bills total more than $1 million. And it is not the first attempt by the sewer billing office to collect the overdue payments.
In June, Dale sent out 3,000 letters to residents that were more than 90 days overdue on their bills to try and collect, at the time, $811,916 that was owed. Since the letters have been sent out, Dale said the sewer billing department has collected about $85,000.
In order to try and boost collections, she said the sewer billing office plans to publish the top 10 delinquent bills each month.
The first group of delinquent bills includes Swami Inc. — which owns Knights Inn on Eastern Boulevard — with $21,464 owed; Haven House owes $11,054; Kentucky Concrete of Indiana owes $10,972; Jack Hunter owes $9,386; Greg Furnish owes $6,153; Roy and Tyra Davey owe $5,349; Charlotte Glover owes $4,620; Luann Varner owes $4,071; Ronald Casey owes $3,707; and Walter Havens owes $3,054.
Even when the top 10 totals are added up, it still accounts for less than 8 percent of the total money owed to the city for delinquent sewer bills.
Publishing the list is an attempt for the sewer billing office to get a handle on the delinquencies and to collect the revenue owed to the city, a tactic she said has worked before.
She said when the sewer billing office previously published the top 10 delinquent bills, there was a huge turnout with overdue payments rolling in. But the practice was not sustained long enough for the city to collect on all of the overdue bills.
“No one has ever got a handle on it,” Dale said. “A million dollars, that’s a lot of money owed to us.”