Firefighters visit W. Smith ElementaryOct 21st, 2013 | By Candace Griffin | Category: News
After many months of struggle from both the Parish Council and residents, the $32 “fee” that had been added onto residents’ water bills in August and September of 2012 to cover a deficit in the 2012 budget, will finally be returned.
The Council was fully prepared to return the money, $942,560, at the last council meeting but came across a technicality that required them to do away with the ordinance that would refund the money. In its place, the Council submitted a budget amendment—in compliance with the state’s requirements— that would make the refund possible.
“This has been a long road traveled to get to this point,” said Councilman Casey Hunnicutt. “I’m glad we could finally get this money back to the people of St. Bernard.”
The Council voted unanimously to return the $32, which will be refunded via a credit on residents’ water bills. Of course, the credit will only be to accounts that initially paid the charge.
“I am extremely happy that the refund of the water fee has finally occurred,” said Council Chairman George Cavignac, who was absent from the meeting, but excited to hear that the budget amendment was passed.
“The people’s long wait for the return of their money—which I voted against taking in the first place—is finally over. The residents of St. Bernard won today.”