- Associated Press - Friday, October 17, 2014

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - A city official says about 20 percent of Council Bluffs households are late paying their garbage bills.

The Daily Nonpareil reports (https://bit.ly/1DjFxZO ) that because so many residents are behind on their garbage bills, the city on Friday started putting liens on their property. The move will require them to pay their bills when they next pay their property taxes.

Property tax payments will next be due in March.

Public Health Director Donn Dierks says that of the 18,954 households in Council Bluffs, about 3,800 are late on their garbage bills. The late fees total about $250,000.

Dierks says he’s sympathetic to residents who don’t have much money and are choosing which bills to pay. But, he says, “we’ve got bills to pay, also.”

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Information from: The Daily Nonpareil, https://www.nonpareilonline.com


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