The members of Inverness Municipal Council are (back, from the left): John Dowling, Warden Betty Ann MacQuarrie, John MacLennan, Jim Mustard, and Deputy Warden Alfred Poirier. In front is Laurie Cranton.  

PORT HOOD: The municipality is looking to receive payment for a number of delinquent water bills.

During last week’s regular monthly meeting of council for the Municipality of the County of Inverness, members approved the municipality’s consolidated financial statements for the fiscal year that ended on March 31, 2017.

Warden Betty Ann MacQuarrie listed the total budget at $14.7 million, noting the municipality experienced a surplus of around $99,000, which is an increase of about $14,000 over the fiscal year which ended on March 31, 2016.

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Included in the statements were the overdue water payments owed to the municipality, with a total of about $211,000.

“That’s a lot of overdue water bills and we have to take action on that unfortunately,” said MacQuarrie. “In fairness to all the taxpayers and all of those on the municipal water utility, we have to take action and that’s not going to be any fun at all.”

MacQuarrie said the municipality has to send out notices to the delinquent accounts to give them a time frame for paying off the bills.

“If you don’t pay your water bill… there are circumstances similar to if you don’t pay your power bill,” said the warden. “There is always a way that we can help the people out if they have a large bill to put it into installments or payments as long as they keep a regular payment going. That would work.”