- Associated Press - Monday, April 11, 2016

FULTON, Miss. (AP) - Fulton officials are encouraging citizens to pay delinquent utility bills before their names are turned over to a collection agency.

The city is expected to sign a contract with collection agency American Municipal Services on Tuesday and will collect unpaid gas and water bills dating back to 1994, the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (https://bit.ly/1VigzWM) reported.

The agency will use its resources to help the city track down the locations of many of the people with delinquent bills.

Mayor Lynette Weatherford is encouraging customers to pay their bills at city hall before they’re contacted by the collection agency. Weatherford added that it would be cheaper to pay the city directly because the collection agency is expected to tack its own fees onto the ones customers already owe.

“If they know they owe an old bill or an old fine, we’ll try to work with them to come to some sort of agreement,” Weatherford said. “If you know you owe, come in and get it paid.”



The list of unpaid bills features more than 900 names of individuals and businesses. The city says it’s short more than $300,000 in unpaid bills.

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Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, https://djournal.com

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