Wilmington, IL. (ECWd) -
The City of Wilmington, Illinois is holding $44,209.78 in water bill payments not yet received, some more than 120 days past due.
This puts a tremendous cramp on the water department finances for a municipality of approximately 5,700 people in Will County.
We have the by-name and by-property address list, which was provided under the Freedom of Information Act.
The largest amount owed to Wilmington for past due water bills is DDC Properties, who owes more than $15,000.
Imagine the amounts owed across the state, if this small city is owed $44k - The COVID situation has made it worse with some people being unable to pay, and rental properties unable to collect rent or evict nonpayers - which means they in turn cannot pay their own utilities.
It is a snowball rolling downhill with no end in sight, and no apparent solution available.