Residents Concerned About Escalating Water Bills

A higher bill isn't something anyone wants to see these days, but residents in Princeville, Edgecombe County say they're dealing with just that.

Some residents say they've seen up to a 50 percent increase in how much they pay the town for water and sewer.

Town manager Sam Knight says the flat rate did go up $20.00. He says residents with more of an increase must just be using more water.

Knight says Princeville gets it's water from Tarboro and their rates have gone up over time, but Princeville's rates never did and that money was coming out of the general fund. Knight says the rate must go up now to balance the budget.

But some residents, like Georgianna Briggs, say the numbers don't add up. "I've never seen nothing like it and I can not hardly make it because of this water bill of the past few months."

Some residents have formed what they call a red flag committee and they're headed to Raleigh Thursday with a petition with over 900 signatures to talk to a state official about their concerns.

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  • by Rick Location: Washington on Jul 23, 2009 at 05:50 AM
    The committee is well intentioned, but those 900 people and others really need to focus their energies into recruting and electing more qualified town officials.
  • by CONCERNED Location: PRINCEVILLE on Jul 23, 2009 at 04:52 AM
    I hope someone does do something about this because this doesnt make any sense.
  • by yonda Location: princeville on Jul 22, 2009 at 07:32 PM
    princeville water bill is a big concern it is mighty funny when the town manager get in trouble for all the money he stole, then the water bills go up something fishy about that
  • by TarHeel Location: Ayden on Jul 22, 2009 at 07:11 PM
    I wanna form a Red Flag committee to protest my lack of raise and the increase in price of my Marlboros. Anyone one care to sign my petition and go with me to Raleigh ?

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