2012-11-21 / Local & State

Scranton Sends Out Decade’s Worth Of Trash Bills

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) – The northeastern Pennsylvania city that had to cut worker pay to minimum wage earlier this year is sending out more than a decade’s worth of delinquent garbage bills as it looks to generate cash.

Scranton last week sent out 7,800 garbage bills dating from 1999 through last year – prompting a crush of residents to descend on the treasurer’s office Tuesday to either pay up or complain.

The Times-Tribune of Scranton the city’s new collection agency used written records to generate a list of delinquent residents.

The city says anyone who can produce a receipt or canceled check for the fees will have their payment certified as paid.

Scranton temporarily cut the pay of about 400 employees in July because it couldn’t meet its full payroll obligations.

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