The Pana City Council is looking to raise its water security deposit for renters and keep the city from losing out on unpaid bills. The council voted to look at raising the security deposit from $100 to $200 and also to make landlords on the hook for any unpaid water bills from their renters.
Pana mayor Don Kroski says the deposit would go towards unpaid water bills before landlords would be on the hook for any bills. He says the city is looking to protect its coffers from residents running away from bills.
Kroski says he knows landlords being on the hook is not a popular idea, but it is the option of last resort.
Kroski says the issue will now be sent to counsel to have the ordinance change written up, with a possible first reading at the next city council meeting.