After months of non-payment, Eagles Trace owners pay water bill

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Shortly before the close of business Wednesday, the owners of Eagles Trace Apartments paid its overdue water bill, ending months of worry about when the taps would run dry.

The complex just off the Fort Benning gate is home to hundreds of people in more than 380 units. 

Since January, they have had to worry if the water bill would be paid.

Word of the payment came from Columbus Water Works spokesman Vic Burchfield late Wednesday. Burchfield says the bill, which was more than $25,000, was settled just before the office closed for the day. 

In addition to the amount owed, the Water Works required the owners 2001 Torchhill Road LLC to pay three months deposit. 

Earlier in the day, Eagles Trace property manager Georgina Thomas said the bill had been paid, but Water Works officials said it had not at that time,

This is a story that has been ongoing since January when the Columbus Water Works posted a notice that it would be cutting off the water to hundreds of residents because the owners owed the utility more than $130,000 in non-paid water bills.

The original cutoff date was a month ago, but got pushed back when the Water Works discovered the sprawling property next to the Fort Benning gate had been sold in late December.

Eagles Trace GA, LLC sold the complex on more than 60 acres for $9.9 million, according to Muscogee County Superior Court Clerk records. The new owner is another limited-liability corporation, 2001 Torchhill Road LLC.

The new company, which lists a Cedarhurst, N.Y. address, was established with the Georgia Secretary of State’s office on Christmas Eve. The sale was closed on Dec. 28, according to Muscogee County Superior Court Clerk records.  

The previous owner was determined to owe about $105,000. Burchfield previously said. The new owners owe about $25,000 a month ago. The new amount is not available. The Water Works is also requiring a three-month deposit. 

Though the water bill is paid, Eagles Trace still has a tax problem with the city of Columbus. But that could be close to resolution, too. The previous owners of Eagles Trace owe the city more than $460,000 in back taxes dating back to 2015.

Randy Lomax, an attorney for the Muscogee County Tax Assessors office, tells News 3 that Eagles Trace GA has been in negotiations and an agreement has been reached to settle that debt. 

Eagles Trace GA has been in litigation with the city over the assessed value of its property. The Board of Equalization must approve the agreement.

Eagles Trace GA then must pay the Muscogee County Tax Commissioner.

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