Three months after offering to settle a three-year-old dispute over $76,500 in unpaid sewer tap fees, the Barrow County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday night voted to sue the City of Auburn for the full amount. In a letter a couple of years ago, Mayor Linda Blechinger offered a compromise in which the city would pay half of the disputed amount over a period of five years. But county officials didn’t show any interest in compromising until this spring, when on May 8 the BOC voted to accept the $38,250 offer but wanted it paid in full within 30 days. Auburn officials didn’t pay the money. So Tuesday night, Commissioner Larry Joe Wilburn made a motion to turn the matter over to the county attorney for collections, saying he wanted Angela Davis to pursue the full amount of the tap fees since the county would incur legal costs to get the money.
For the full story, see the Aug. 15 issue of the Barrow Journal.