Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

June 28, 2013

$25,000 sewer bills mailed to some Indiana homes


Associated Press

RICHMOND (AP) — Some eastern Indiana residents got a jolt this week when they received sewer bills topping $25,000.

The Richmond Sanitary District is blaming the giant bills on a defective computer file used to prepare the statements.

Sharrie Harlin of Richmond tells the Palladium-Item her typical monthly sewer charge is about $40 and that she could only laugh after opening the erroneous bill.

Sanitary district attorney Walt Chidester says the office received about 50 calls from customers about the mistaken bills through Thursday. He says the bad computer file produced hugely inflated water use figures for some customers.

In a batch of 5,000 bills, 256 carried the higher charge and most of those were caught before being mailed.