Marion Bank Accounts Frozen

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

The city of Meridian has frozen the bank accounts of the town of Marion, in a dispute over sewage fees owed to Meridian.

This is the second time Marion's accounts have been frozen this year. The first time, Marion filed for bankruptcy in response. However a judge recently ruled that Marion doesn't have legal ground for bankruptcy. Now Meridian has frozen Marion's accounts again in an attempt to recover the figure in excess of $400,000.

"The town of Marion will not come up with this money overnight," said Marion Mayor Elvis Hudson.

"Once filed for the garnishment those accounts are frozen and can't be touched without authority," said Ken Storms, Meridian's chief administrative officer.

In total eleven accounts have been frozen. So how will Marion pay bills for day to day operations?

"I don't know," said Hudson. "The attorneys will have to work this out. In order for the utilities to continue, the payroll will have to be paid. If not, the health department will be involved. The question is, two to three weeks from now, what will happen? Is Mississippi Power going to leave the utilities on? And Waste Management, city police have to be paid. It's a public safety question and I don't know what the city of Meridian is thinking in seizing this money."

"We are taking a look at assets to see what can be received in payments in lieu of that debt," Storms said.

So what happens now? Storms says the city will fight to see that the citizens get the money back that they deserve.

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  • by Robert Location: Dallas on Jul 18, 2007 at 07:36 AM
    This is just crazy. From the post, the people of Meridian aren't supporting the actions of the Mayor and I agree with them. I read the local papers and this site regulary to keep up with whats going on in my hometown. And it seems that I keep reading the same junk. It has to be a better way to solve this matter then to blast it across the world!! Ok Marion Owes the money, I agree with that, but we have to realize that the people of Marion spend s most of their Money in Meridian not Marion. Thats unless they do all their shopping at the Gas Station. I was in Meridian when John Roberts was re-elected, I listened to what all officers said they were going to do and what they had in progress. Two years later, Meridian is still were it was ten years ago. John Roberts needs to put the same effort into what he promissed the City. Why would you publicly go after Marion when the headlines read, "Toyota Suppliers Looking to Locate in East Mississippi". Why would they want to come to Meridian after reading this Stuff? Sorry to say but Meridian should just not get hopes up about the Toyota News. On top of all the fighting between the county and City; Towns and The City; we just haven't become an attractive Area. After Toyota Hires all the locals, then who do they hire next? People from Meridian Want move Back, How do you get an 21 yr old to move to a RETIREMENT CITY, that from Atlanta or even Jackson; might as well throw in Hattisburg? The city has nothing to offer. The Mayor, City Council and Supervisors should be trying to fix that problem. Get Some Entertainment to go with the empty Parking Garage, and stop blowing money on the Three Foot building. Whos going to stay there??
  • by Don Larson Location: Marion on Jul 15, 2007 at 09:55 PM
    "I understand that Meridian charges $3.03 per 1000 gallons for there sewer. Is this entire amount used for treatment? Where does the cost of Administration, LIne Maintenance, Treatment, Utilities and Supplies fit into this equation? I think that this is a question that the Town of Marion has been trying to get answered ever since these court battles started. Meridian, what is your answer to this question?" Well???? What's the answer to the question???? Cat got your tongue or are you just afraid???
  • by Debbie Location: Meridian on Jul 14, 2007 at 10:58 AM
    After reading the post by Jim, I am now wondering what Meridian actually pays to treat this water. They discuss what they charge Marion, but they have never disclosed what their actual cost per gallon is. Why has that not been revealed to the public? Why would this be confidential information?
  • by Don Larson Location: Marion on Jul 13, 2007 at 08:03 PM
    To Rita Jones in Marion....... Before you speak too unkindly of the politicians in Marion, Remember that your husband LUTHER JONES was one of the Aldermen who allowed and contributed to this mess. The present Administration inherited a problem created over many previous years.
  • by CAROLYN Location: RUSSELL on Jul 13, 2007 at 06:03 PM
  • by Jim Location: county on Jul 13, 2007 at 12:09 PM
    I agree with Angie plus I just happen to be at Marion when inquires were made to other large cities that were doing the same for small towns in their area. 12 cities were checked while I was present. The cost ranged from zero charged to one dollar, and it was for the same type of service that Meridian is providing Marion. Then folks wonder why the local area cannot get good paying companies to come here. Meridian needs to clean up their present area before they even think about expanding any. mayor Smith can't take all the blame, he has a council sitting there that can veto anything they so desire.
  • by Angie Location: Meridian on Jul 12, 2007 at 09:58 PM
    I agree with the post by Jamie below.... Meridian is just trying to gain control of Marion and using the sewage debt as leverage... The leaders over Meridian are just money grubbers and trying to line their own pockets and make themselves look good. I agree that the debt should be paid but not by freezing Marion's bank accounts... How many people are employed by the city of Marion that will not be able to receive their paycheck tomorrow because of this stupid power war... Meridian needs new leaders more than the puny $400,000 they say Marion owes...... These are the same leaders that came up with labeling Meridian as a RETIREMENT community and then crying because all the young people that have the money to do so are leaving the area. Face it.. GOOD PAYING jobs are scarce here. There is nothing worth doing recreation wise. The shopping isn't all that great either. I wish I could afford to move away. Meridian needs to take lessons from our neighbors in Philadelphia. At the rate that Philadelphia is growing, they will be twice as big as Meridian before long.
  • by Rita Jones Location: Marion on Jul 12, 2007 at 08:11 PM
    Yes, Meridian has a right to expect payment from Marion. Leadership in Marion has known of this debt over six (6) years and has done nothing. However, Meridian is charging and outrageous amount of $2.43 or $2.63 instead of the agreed amount of $.60 per gallon of sewerage. Meridian customers are not paying this large amount. Nevertheless, Marion has had changes to make a good faith effort to pay the bill and has done nothing. Especially this new administration in Marion seems to be concerned only for themselves and not the citizens of Marion
  • by Charlie Location: Meridian on Jul 12, 2007 at 06:54 PM
    The officials of the City of Meridian are so ignorant that they wouldn't know the truth if it hit the smack dab in the face. They council people has been lied to so many times by the Mayor that they think that every thing that comes out of his mouth is the gospel. For what I understand the TOwn of Marion has tried on several occasions to get with the City officials to work out a payment schedule. The Meridian officials just ignore the requests saying that Marion is not trying to do anything. I think that it is time for the citizens of Meridian to stand up for their rights and protection and get rid of all of the elected officials and the high ranking employees who are ignorant and ariguant. Because of such actions as these is the reason why new Industries are not coming into East Central Mississippi. If we are ever to prosper, the citizens need to take a stand and get the ball rolling. I understand that Meridian charges $3.03 per 1000 gallons for there sewer. Is this entire amount used for treatment? Where does the cost of Administration, LIne Maintenance, Treatment, Utilities and Supplies fit into this equation? I think that this is a question that the Town of Marion has been trying to get answered ever since these court battles started. Meridian, what is your answer to this question?
  • by bloggerj Location: county on Jul 12, 2007 at 04:40 PM
    Maybe Meridian will want Marion to de-annex certain property so Meridian can annex it. That would give Meridian control over what they really want.
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