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City council discusses new water deposit policy

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City council members discuss the water deposit. City council members discuss the water deposit.
TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Many members of Toledo City Council said they feel the Bell administration hasn't been up-front with them about changes to a water deposit policy, and on Monday a committee hearing was held to meet with public utility officials to discuss the situation.

Public Utilities Director Dave Welch was on the hot seat, answering questions about the changes. He said to help infuse the utility funds with some much-needed cash, the deposit policy was changed.

All new customers with no billing history in Toledo are being charged a $200 deposit, as are customers with service being terminated for non-payment, and for continuation of service after a bankruptcy filing. Welch said that deposit will be credited to an account after one year, providing the customer is current on their bills.

He admitted there was some miscommunication and lack of communication between his office, the mayor's office, and with council and the public, for which he offered an apology.

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