City of Ocala: School District Must Pay Up
It's a fight between the Marion County School District and Ocala Utilities over a bill.
The City's attorney recently sent a letter to the district stating they will shut off utilities to 46 properties, 23 of them schools, if $724,000 worth of deposit fees aren't paid by the end of the month. The School Board filed an injunction Tuesday stopping the City from doing so. The district stopped paying storm water and fire fees last November. They say the school district shouldn't have to, citing Alachua and
Pinellas Counties. The city in turn, is suing. City Officials say they are not planning on shutting off the power to area schools, but rather administrative offices. That, however would leave all schools in the entire district without internet or phones. The issue will go before a Marion County Judge on Monday.
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