Petersburg may garnish some residents’ wages

PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — The city of Petersburg is calling it an “aggressive effort” to collect money for unpaid bills. City leaders say over the past few years, more than $4 million in unpaid real estate and property taxes, as well as unpaid utility bills have accumulated.

“We have to pay our bills,” says William E. Johnson, III, the Petersburg city manager. “A lot of this is all about cash flow and the city being able to meet its obligations. ”

Johnson says if this money is paid, the funds could be used to cover other needs within the city.

“We have a host of projects that need to be funded and we had to put on hold because the funding is just not there,” Johnson told 8News. “Compensation for employees, additional vehicles, repairing city owned buildings.”

The city has sent out notices to people who owe money. If those warnings are ignored, the next step could be the garnishment of wages.

“Things happen in life where sometimes you’re just not able to make those payments, but at some point, we all have to make our payments,” said Johnson.

This is the time for residents to set up payment arrangements with the city if they owe back taxes or have not paid their utility bills.

You may make payments online. Click here ( to be transferred to the city’s website. You may also go to City Hall at 135 N. Union Street, between 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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