Laredo City Council discusses unpaid bills, 500 homes without water

Laredo City Council had a lengthy conversation this week about the 500 or so households that have not paid their water bills and have been without water for two weeks.

Council had voted in March to not disconnect people’s water during the pandemic, which officials noted gave customers no incentive to pay their bills. By September, all outstanding utility bills, which includes solid waste and environmental fees too, totaled around $4 million, according to the Utilities Department. Usually their receivables are around $600,000.

So in October, the city began to send out disconnection notices to delinquent accounts of which there were around 17,000 — roughly 20% of Laredo households.

In the spring, the city set aside $4.5 million for a utilities relief program where customers who could prove unemployment due to the pandemic would have their water bills paid for by the city. This program has been under-utilized, and $3.9

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Buffalo Bill’s House from The Silence of the Lambs Is Up for Sale Again

Buffalo Bill’s house in Silence of the Lambs is currently up for sale again. The 1.76-acre property is located in Perryopolis, Pennsylvania. While this home is something that a lot of horror fans will be interested in, it should be noted that there is not a well in this basement, though the three-story home looks almost exactly the same as it does in Jonathan Demme’s 1991 classic. The entry way of the house is seen extensively towards the end of the movie.

The Victorian home was built in 1910 and it isn’t as creepy as it appears in The Silence of the Lambs. It does need some repair work, which is reflected in the $298,500 price tag. The home comes with the original hardwood floors, woodwork, light fixtures, pocket doors, fireplaces, and wallpaper, which is said to be in pristine condition. Recent improvements include reflooring the wrap around porch

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Michigan bills aim to reform foreclosure laws

A bill package aims to prevent local governments from profiting from home tax foreclosures.



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If passed, Senate Bill 676 and Senate Bill 1137.bills will align Michigan tax law with a July Michigan Supreme Court ruling that deemed unconstitutional what critics call “home equity theft.”

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Sens. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, Sens. Peter J. Lucido, R-Shelby Twp, sponsored the bills.

Oakland County seized Uri Rafaeli’s home in 2014 over $8.41 of initial overdue property taxes and sold the property for $24,500 – more than $35,000 less than Rafaeli paid for it – and then pocketed $24,214.

Rafaeli walked away empty handed.

The Michigan Supreme Court ruled in July that local governments withholding any surplus from tax-foreclosure sales that exceeded the amount owed constituted an “unconstitutional taking without just compensation.”

The first bill seeks to allow people to request the remaining proceeds from the sale of

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Grocery prices are down from their COVID-19 summer peaks. But here’s why your food bills are still stubbornly high.

Eva Rosol was stunned during the summer when a rotisserie chicken that she could normally find on sale for $6 suddenly set her back $15.

Rosol, a resident of the Chicago suburb Westmont, Ill., who lost her job as a substitute teacher when COVID-19 shut schools in March, could afford it thanks to the extra $600 per week in unemployment benefits the federal government offered during the first four months of the pandemic. But those extra benefits expired in late July.

Now Rosol, 54, who has a business degree and is seeking a job in sales, receives $108 weekly in unemployment aid. Meanwhile, her husband, who sells advertising for an auto and RV magazine, is making a quarter of what he normally earns.

Rosol has nixed the one night a week they used to eat out, shops the circulars and frequents five different grocery stores to find the lowest prices,

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