York Money Woes

There are some major money woes in York, Ala. Officials say the problem is many residents are not paying their bills and leaving the town to pick up the tab.

"If you have a service, you've got to pay for it," said York Mayor Glenda Dubose.

Dubose says a number of unpaid utility bills by residents in York is now leaving the town to face a debt equally almost a half million dollars.

"That's a lot of money. The city has lost a lot of revenue," Dubose said. "We don't have what we used to have. It's hard. It's very,very hard. The last statement I looked at was July, a printed statement. $140,000 was spent then, but only $40,000 came in and that's not good. That is not good at all."

Within the last two weeks, Dubose said notices have been sent to residents. It states that they have seven days after receiving the letter to contact City Hall and make arrangements to pay, or else face the consequences.

"Some of the bills are very, very high, as high as $6,000," said Mayor Dubose. "The ones that do not make contact with us, we're going to turn them off. The people who are contacting us, we're working out arrangements. I'm optimistic. We're going to do what we can. Other people are going to have to suffer along with us if they don't pay the debt."


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  • by LuLu Location: neverland on Sep 22, 2009 at 12:57 PM
    Let there be no mistake who's fault this is... as Mayor Dubose has said herself many times..."I'm in charge."
  • by Anonymous Location: Morning Star on Sep 22, 2009 at 08:53 AM
    For the past 10 years York has NOT had any employees capable of running a city - and they still don't.
  • by Happy Trails Location: Meridian on Sep 22, 2009 at 07:23 AM
    I don't understand this, what kind of bills go unpaid for this long and this amount of money? Only thing I could think of was water and sewer that you pay the city. They don't have a cut off date and live by that date? Here if you don't pay by the month they will cut you off no matter what.
  • by resident Location: sumter county on Sep 22, 2009 at 05:44 AM
    this not about who's on the board and this not about what a person wear if the mayor has been selected by the people to represent this town then the people need to back her up talk will not keep this town together. the has been address about there bills any as a citizen of york,al that need to step it up seems as to me the mayor has done them a flavor by not cutting them off from there utility . its hard but we must show some kind of afford to pay we are all suffering now because of the economy. let's stop the mud slaughing and do our part. God is not the God of confusing, but a God of understanding. stop talking about people because in the in Mrs.Dubose is still in charge.
  • by Just Tupical Location: West Alabama... on Sep 21, 2009 at 09:01 PM
    This is nothing new in York... Glenda inherited a system that is broken and is now left to clean it up. At the very least she didn't sweep the mess under the carpet as many others would. Far too long the idea of not hurting your neighbors feelings have reigned and therefore York is in trouble. Let's not forget that Glenda has not been in office long enough for many utlitity customers to get that far behind on their bills. Much of this is a hold over from the previous clown. The fact of the matter is this... You have trouble getting money for bills where there is no money to be had. Do without the tv and the cell phone and pay the gas and water bill.
  • by Disgusted Location: York on Sep 21, 2009 at 06:31 PM
    It is always interesting to see the Mayor of York - we won't even get into her fashion sense!!! It is highly entertaining just to see what color wig she has decided to wear that day!!! York's Mayor and her poresent Councilfolk, as well as the usual old white audience members at City Council meetings, work SO very hard to cast the previous administratin in a bad light. If they applied themselves to their JOBS, York would be sitting pretty! As for the OLD audience memebers, what have YOU done for YORK??? NOTHING!!! Hope you are proud of your legacy of destruction to a once fair town. I won;t even go into the biased and unprofessional reporting of Andrea Williams - she was nowhere to be found during the previous adminsirtatin when York was making advances and great strides as a community. Wonder why?
  • by PMF Location: Philadelphia on Sep 21, 2009 at 05:31 PM
    I find it hard to believe that the mayor could let the city get behind like this. it is not fair to the ones who do pay on time. the mayor has failed in the first rule of business, get paid for what you provide, this is a great example of what is wrong with government. the people with the deliquent accounts should be cut off. i agree with the previous post, try to not pay the power bill and see what happens, all the tears in the world don't get it cut back on, only money, the mayor looks weak and pathetic
  • by ED Location: MERIDIAN on Sep 21, 2009 at 03:03 PM
    blinks.. need to question those in charge as why the bills had gone so lone with out action... try and not pay a bill with the power company and see how long you have power
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