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Water bill breaks starting to cost

Sweet Home is giving residents a break on water bills during the pandemic, but the costs are starting to mount.

When the coronavirus pandemic hit in March, the City Council adopted a new policy to provide emergency relief for utility accounts and other city fees. Since then, the city hasn’t shut off water for any residents, even if their bills are overdue.

The first month’s shut-off day passed with 117 overdue accounts, but Finance Director Brandon Neish said a donor covered those overdue bills.

Not so for May, June or July, and there are now 131 overdue accounts with an average balanc...