The sewer billing issue in New Castle County continues to rear its head as council members continue debate the issue.

The sewer billing issue in New Castle County continues to rear its head as council members continue debate the issue.

The problem started when Artesian Water, from whom the county receives water consumption data for billing purposes, switched from a quarterly to a monthly billing cycle last summer at the request of the council.

Thousands of residents were wrongly billed following the change, with some billed too little while others were overcharged.

According to county communications director Tony Prado, County Executive Tom Gordon made the decision months ago to forgive that $218,000 and recoup the county’s losses in other places in the 2014 budget.

On Tuesday night, Councilwoman Janet Kirkpatrick (R-Hockessin), introduced an emergency ordinance to immediately fix the $218,000 oversight, which would amount to a revenue loss for the county’s roughly $72 million sewer fund.

The ordinance proposed collecting the owed money in January’s bill, saving the county money from costs associated with mailing out a separate bill.

The ordinance was not put through, however, as several board members were absent from Tuesday’s rescheduled meeting following last week’s inclement weather.

Several board members who said they were in contact with their constituents regarding the issue, claimed that many were willing to simply have their bills fixed by receiving a debit or credit to their accounts and acting accordingly.

“It should all just come out in the wash,” said Councilman Tim Sheldon (D-Pike Creek), who was part of a subcommittee exploring the issue that included council members Kirkpatrick, George Smiley (D-New Castle) and Lisa Diller (D-Newark).

This comes despite claims in other media outlets that customers are angry they are not going to receive a direct refund in the form of a check in the case of overpayment.

Prado said the council would not likely dip into its sewer reserve fund in an effort to account for the $218,000.