Water Bill Turmoil Hits City Schools

Water Bill Turmoil Hits City Schools

BALTIMORE (WBFF) - More fallout over water bill problems in Baltimore, and now Baltimore City Schools is affected.

Problems with water usage and online records are nothing new in Charm City. Last week, Fox45 reported on a recent audit which found significant errors in the billing system.

Now, Project Baltimore has found significant errors in billing related to City Schools. Currently, the District’s Administration building, at 200 E. North Avenue, shows an outstanding balance of $99,067.

Fox45 pulled water bills for school buildings throughout the city and found similar numbers. The biggest unpaid water bill, according to the city website, was at Thomas Johnson Elementary in south Baltimore at $225,691. Edgewood Elementary came in second at $222,276 and Liberty Elementary is at $198,826.

Project Baltimore collected outstanding water bills for nearly 150 school buildings which amount to about $6 million of unpaid water bills all connected to Baltimore City Public Schools.

Fox45 contacted the Department of Public Works, which said City Schools has a consolidated bill, which is paid in full. The balance is currently zero. City Schools confirmed it’s paying its bills. But, no one could explain why the online system is not reflecting that payment. And when we asked for North Avenue’s pay stubs that show the payments, DPW spokesman Jeffrey Raymond said no. Project Baltimore filed a public records request. We’re still waiting on the results.

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