ATWATER, CA – A proud conservative who wants the city to be more fiscally responsible finds himself under scrutiny when it was learned this week that he owes nearly $8,000 in past due water bills going back 6 years.
MCNTV News found that most water customers are required to their bills or they will be cut off within weeks of being late. But somehow the Atwater City councilman was able to get\ away with not paying it for several years.
In a statement sent to MCNTV News, Councilman Brian Raymond wrote, “This was merely an oversight and has been resolved. We have had water ever since moving in to our home; my wife and I thought each other was taking care of the bill. The fact that private citizens are being fed other people’s personal information from city hall is truly troubling. It may be time to look at privatizing billing to ensure this doesn’t happen to anyone else.”
The City of Atwater is facing crunch time with not enough revenue being generated and many wonder if Councilman Raymond will be allowed to pay a portion or not have to pay any of the bill at all. No word yet on how Mr. Raymond and the city will handle the situation yet.