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For Immediate Release:
January 24, 2019
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Gilbert Cabrera

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Chairwoman Edmonson sponsors water bill relief for federal employees affected by government shutdown


MIAMI – The Miami-Dade County Commission on Jan. 23 approved a resolution sponsored by Chairwoman Audrey Edmonson to waive water and sewer late fees and forestall water service disconnections for federal employees living in Miami-Dade County who are affecting by the ongoing partial federal government shutdown.

The federal government has been in a partial shutdown since Dec. 22 – the longest shutdown in history – due to an impasse over border wall funding between President Trump and Congress. The shutdown is affecting approximately 800,000 employees, who have either been furloughed or are working without pay, causing some of them to drain their savings to pay rent, mortgage payments, utility bills, credit card balances, health insurance premiums and other expenses.

“By waiving late fees and keeping the water running, we can do our part as a County to provide some relief to those federal employees who are not receiving their pay through no fault of their own,” Chairwoman Edmonson said.