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Petersburg mayor on water bill: ‘My bill is not 30 days late’

Posted at 7:15 PM, Mar 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-11 19:20:54-05

PETERSBURG, Va. -- The mayor of Petersburg is answering questions about his water bill after one citizen accused him of having an outstanding balance.

This comes amid residents’ complaints about not receiving water bills for months in the city.

But estimated bills were recently mailed and Mayor Howard Myers urged people to start paying their bills just last week so the city could pay its debts.

Then a citizen contacted WTVR CBS 6 after discovering a bill for the mayor’s house had an outstanding balance since the city’s online billing system allows records to be searched by address.

Myers offered this explanation Friday.

“My bill is not 30 days late,” Myers said. "I am included, I struggle like everyone else in this city and my bill is included in that extension period. My bill will be paid in full – with the current amount – but not… along with the 30 days that’s claimed. But it is not 30 days past due.”

Additionally, the mayor said his personal property tax bill will be paid Monday.