Ohio Mayor's Water Turned Off For Nonpayment

In this October 2008 photo, Lorain, Ohio, Mayor Tony Krasienko stands on the Charles Berry Bascule Bridge overlooking the Black River, in Lorain, Ohio. Krasienko has had his water shut off at home because of an unpaid bill. (AP Photo/Morning Journal)


By Kelli Sutterman

LORAIN, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio mayor has had his water shut off at home because of an unpaid bill.

Mayor Tony Krasienko in Lorain in northeast Ohio says it's "something that slipped through the cracks."

He tells The Chronicle-Telegram of Elyria he got a call from home on Tuesday that the water was off. He says service was restored the same day after he paid the city $200 toward the outstanding balance of more than $260.

Krasienko says he'll pay the rest by Friday.

The Morning Journal of Lorain reports the mayor's salary last year was more than $96,500. The newspaper says utility records show he has paid $96 in penalties for late water payments in the last two years.

Krasienko says he needs to pay closer attention.

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