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DeKalb County plans to release 8,000 held water bills

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DeKalb County plans to release 8,000 held water bills

CEO Michael Thurmond addresses the DeKalb County Commission on Feb. 23, 2017. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt
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CEO Michael Thurmond addresses the DeKalb County Commission on Feb. 23, 2017. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

DeKalb County is getting ready to release 8,000 water bills that have been held for months.

The county says the bills were on hold due to “unverified billing data.”

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In February, CEO Michael Thurmond explained that the bills were being held due to questions about their accuracy. The county said 37,000 bills had been withheld over concerns that they might not be correct. Thurmond conceded that the decision to withhold bills was a mistake. The county Water Department has 194,000 customers. A press release from the county does not say when the other bills will be released.

In the press release, the county said the 8,000 bills that are being released will go out the week of April 10, along with a letter from Thurmond explaining why the bills were withheld. The bills will cover January and February. There will be no late fees.

“Any balance that was due prior to September 2016 will still be due and will carry forward on the January/February bill,” the press release says.

Here is the letter that will go out with the water bills:

04-04-17 Thurmond Water Billing Letter

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