MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - Wednesday, Moss Point Mayor Billy Broomfield ordered utility workers to disconnect water and gas for anyone who hadn't paid their June bill. A number of senior citizens were not happy when utility workers shut off their water and gas without notice.
Carolyn Crear believes the mayor should have given them a day or two notice. She was $80 behind on her bill.
"Give us a little notice to help us out, you know," Crear said. "I don't mind paying my bill, sure enough I'm going to pay my bill."
Crear said she was surprised to find a city utility truck and worker in her driveway on Wednesday.
"He said, 'Well ma'am, we have orders to cut you off,'" stated Crear.
She was one of at least 100 Moss Point residents who had to go to City Hall and not only pay their June water and gas bill, they also had to pay an additional fee to have the water and gas reconnected.
"I was charged $40 for water, she told me, and 40 dollars for gas. So I had an additional $80. I had to pay $160 yesterday."
According to a number of residents, the city used to allow senior citizens and the disabled to be behind up to two months on their water and gas bill before being disconnected. They say it was just something that was done by the previous administration.
Moss Point Gas, Water & Sewer Manager Adlean Liddel said she couldn't speak with me on camera but said from now on, once senior citizens receive their Social Security checks, they must pay their monthly bill. If not, they will be disconnected.
"I told my daughter, from now on when I get my check, you just pay the bill in full," stated Crear.
Moss Point citizens were upset before Wednesday. The board of aldermen increased utility fees by an average of more than $7 for water and sewer each month, and increased gas by $5 per month.