City council writes off more than $185,000 in utilities

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By Stephanie Johns

Staff Writer

During their special called meeting last Friday morning, members of the Madison City Council voted to write off a total of $185,414.16 in utilities.

Madison Finance Officer Karen Guinn said this amount represents uncollected money from part of 2010 through May of this year.

The list includes terminated accounts, overdue 120 days, that are considered uncollectible.

Most are rental accounts, some are businesses, she said.

Last done in 2010, this list is “considerably less” than then. Guinn said: “It’s pretty good.”

City Manager David Nunn agreed and said they have billed in the millions and only have this amount in collectibles.

Amounts are as small as $1.43 for an individual and up to $61,905.11 for the Rec Department.

Nunn explained that the city bills, but does not collect, on the Rec Department: “It’s another of the city’s contributions to that.”

He said the city may bill the county for water at a cost rate in future, though.

In a later email he wrote, “This is consistent with our plans to bill ourselves (city bills other city departments) for water used internally. We are working towards billing for every gallon of water produced by the water system that is metered.”

Other large amounts on the list include $55,644.20 for Madison Woods Mobile Home Park and $19,196.37 for Red Roof Inn. Guinn explained that people who are making payments are not included on this list.

She added that they will determine limits of debt collections and that those with amounts less than the minimum will not be turned over to a collection agency.

City’s Major Utility Write-offs

Morgan County Rec Department: $61,905

Madison Woods Mobile Home Park: $55,644

Red Roof Inn: $19,196

Howard Johnson DBA: $4,883

Ram Property Investments: $3,088

Super 8 Motel DBA: $2,089

Maggie’s on Main LLC: $1,813

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