The city of Cheyenne, Wyo. is considering writing off nearly one-quarter of a million dollars in uncollected accounts, some of it dating to the 1990s.

The total outstanding debt of $247,178 stems from 1,218 accounts - including 424 that total $174,855 owed to various city departments; 695 totaling $62,101 owed to the Board of Public Utilities sanitation billings; and 99 totaling $10,221 due to insufficient checks.

The majority of the accounts total less than $100, but two exceed $10,000 and two more exceed $20,000, according to the Wyoming Tribune Eagle. 

The city's policy is to write off all outstanding debts that are more than four years old and deemed uncollectible, city officials said.

The City Council’s Finance Committee will meet this week to review whether it will write off the loans.
Most of those with high bills accumulated them by taking material to the landfill. The largest account, a firm called Gemm Homes, declared bankruptcy. The company owes the city's sanitation department $22,053 and an additional $80 for an insufficient check.

City records show that the owner of JR’s Roofing, the business that accumulated the second-largest bill at $21,417, died.

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