Summit Council approves payment for e...

Summit Council approves payment for error

There are 18 comments on the Akron Beacon Journal story from May 12, 2008, titled Summit Council approves payment for error. In it, Akron Beacon Journal reports that:

Talk about your whopping billing mistakes. The Summit County Council agreed Monday to pay $150,000 to a chemical company that was overcharged for sewer services for more than 20 years.

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Old Man Grump

Akron, OH

#1 May 13, 2008
I wonder how much my sewer bill will go up because of this mistake?
a voice

New Philadelphia, OH

#3 May 13, 2008
Typical council integrity !!!!!
KBADM11

United States

#4 May 13, 2008
Let me see if I got this right - the company overpaid for 20 years? Whose dumber the ones billing or the ones paying?
Something Wicked

Stow, OH

#5 May 13, 2008
Why did you have to spend money on atty. fees to dispute this?
Someone knew years ago with audits and disclosures, but decided to ignore (steal), the funds because they didn't think they'd get caught.
In 2005, the person with a conscience, ratted you out; good for them.
Cynic

Akron, OH

#6 May 13, 2008
KBADM11 wrote:
Let me see if I got this right - the company overpaid for 20 years? Whose dumber the ones billing or the ones paying?
The one who's confusing "whose" with "who's".
Cynic

Akron, OH

#7 May 13, 2008
KBADM11 wrote:
Let me see if I got this right - the company overpaid for 20 years? Whose dumber the ones billing or the ones paying?
The one confusing "got" with "have".
Cynic

Akron, OH

#8 May 13, 2008
KBADM11 wrote:
Let me see if I got this right - the company overpaid for 20 years? Whose dumber the ones billing or the ones paying?
The one confusing "one's" with "ones".
Voice of Reality

Strongsville, OH

#9 May 13, 2008
"Approved using $61,550 in federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Family money for an advertising campaign to urge parents to pay child support. The county Child Support Enforcement Agency plans to use the money for newspaper advertisements, brochures, billboards and bus advertising"

Yeah, that ought to be effective. How bad can times be when government has 60 grand to throw around for things like this?

"Federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Family money"...almost sounds like double secret probation or something.
Old Man Grump

Akron, OH

#10 May 13, 2008
KBADM11 wrote:
Let me see if I got this right - the company overpaid for 20 years? Whose dumber the ones billing or the ones paying?
How would you or I know if we are opver paying? I'm not sure how yopu woul;d ever find out. There is no meter on the sewer outfl;ow at my house.
SmartVoter

United States

#11 May 13, 2008
Figures. No matter what it is, you're always thinking of how it affects you, whether it will or not.
Old Man Grump wrote:
I wonder how much my sewer bill will go up because of this mistake?
concerned citizen

Oshkosh, WI

#12 May 13, 2008
Voice of Reality wrote:
"Approved using $61,550 in federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Family money for an advertising campaign to urge parents to pay child support. The county Child Support Enforcement Agency plans to use the money for newspaper advertisements, brochures, billboards and bus advertising"
Yeah, that ought to be effective. How bad can times be when government has 60 grand to throw around for things like this?
"Federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Family money"...almost sounds like double secret probation or something.
and how much do you want to wager that Bevin Walsh is prominently displayed on the ads? that is disgusting!!!!
JUST AN OBSERVER

Akron, OH

#13 May 13, 2008
Cynic wrote:
<quoted text>
The one confusing "one's" with "ones".
FUNNY STUFf
Ahau Kin

Maumelle, AR

#16 May 13, 2008
Company was overpaying by a factor of ten and their 'accounts payable' didn't notice? Wonder where he / she got their degree?
Cripes

United States

#18 May 13, 2008
Ahau Kin wrote:
Company was overpaying by a factor of ten and their 'accounts payable' didn't notice? Wonder where he / she got their degree?
Hilltop High!
Joyce Anderson

Avon Lake, OH

#19 May 13, 2008
Old Man Grump wrote:
<quoted text>How would you or I know if we are opver paying? I'm not sure how yopu woul;d ever find out. There is no meter on the sewer outfl;ow at my house.
If you don't have a meter then you shouldn't be getting a bill, right? Well, it sounds logical anyway!

To find out a water rate, electric or gas rate check the PUCO web site. Each are listed per City.
Joyce Anderson

Avon Lake, OH

#20 May 13, 2008
What boggle's my mind about this water bill over payment aka settlement is that lawyer's are taught in law school to 'calculate' the percentage of winning a case before accepting it and/or responding to it in an effort to reduce his client's (Summit County) over all costs to fight it.

In other words, wouldn't it have been more 'cost effective' for the County's lawyer to admit to over charging the company early on and settling it vs. wasting not only his total in-house salary and/or his total time spent on arguing this case when his time/wages could of been spent on some other issue 'worth' fighting, especially knowing the outcome of this one before hand?

Furthermore, not settling early on w/this company could of caused this company to want to just move their business to another County, as well as take away the jobs of residents of Summit County employed w/this company along with them?

This time the County was lucky that a plaintiff/company decided to stay here, the next time we may not be so lucky!
Summit resident

Cleveland, OH

#21 May 14, 2008
hhhmmm ... maybe this explains why some county employees, no fault of their own, lost their jobs in 2006 ... due to "lack of funds" ... I wonder ...
San Antone Bill

San Antonio, TX

#22 May 14, 2008
Joyce Anderson wrote:
<quoted text>
If you don't have a meter then you shouldn't be getting a bill, right? Well, it sounds logical anyway!
To find out a water rate, electric or gas rate check the PUCO web site. Each are listed per City.
I don't know about Akron's waste charges but in SA the waste charge is not metered but rather a standard charge that includes trash pickup. The monthly rate doesn't change unless the city raises the cost. So billing should be some what simple. For SA it is incorporated on the monthly water bill. Now water is metered but not the waste portion.

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