Comptroller Report Says Dunkirk Missed Out On Collection Penalties

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DUNKIRK – A New York State Comptroller report says the City of Dunkirk missed out on collecting penalties for residents that were behind in paying their water and sewer bills.

Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s report, out Thursday, says the city treasurer and common council did not properly monitor delinquent water, sewer and tipping fee balances.

Over 1,200 accounts totaling more than $400,000 in January 2019 are in question, where the treasurer did not charge penalties in accordance with city code.

Those penalties, the Comptroller says, should have been levied on 30 of the 1,200 accounts.

Around $39,000 in additional penalties should have been charged, generating more revenue for the municipality.

Furthermore, the Comptroller explains if officials had implemented shut-off procedures in accordance with the code, the City could have collected more than $577,000 on delinquent accounts and realized an additional $31,200 in service resumption fees.

The Treasurer generally disagreed with the findings, but indicated he would take corrective action.


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