Inspector General slams city's S&WB collections systems
Jay Vise Reporting
New Orleans Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux today released a report that slammed the city's system of collection fees by the Sewerage & Water Board.
In his report, Quatrevaux called the current system "ineffective and should be changed or the City will fail to collect many millions of dollars in the coming years."
Specifically, the IG says he found that for 2010 and 2011, 35% of sanitation customers had delinquent sanitation fees, and that the late fees applied to those same accounts were under-billed 81% of the time.
The report also included responses from both the city and the Sewerage and Water Board, taking issue with many of the findings in the IG's audit.
Coincidentally, Quatrevaux's report came out on the same day as the city suffered a major breakdown in the water-distribution infrastructure, as a major water main broke this morning, flooding streets, cars, and yards in an Uptown neighborhood.