The city attorney says council has asked for an investigation of "irregularities" in utility billing.

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Forsyth's city attorney says the city council has asked for an investigation of utility billing, due to alleged "irregularities."

The short news release from C. Robert Melton does not describe the irregularities.

But the news release came one day after the council met for almost two hours with Mayor John Howard. Neither Howard nor council members would comment after Monday's meeting.

On Tuesday, council member Mike Dodd told 13WMAZ's Judy Le that the meeting concerned her request under the state's open-records law regarding past-due utility payments, including Howard's.

Dodd told 13WMAZ that council members agreed to ask Sheriff John Cary Bittick to investigate. They expected that he would turn the case over to the GBI.

On Tuesday, the GBI's Milledgeville office and the Monroe County sheriff's office both said they had not been contacted about the case.

On Tuesday, in response to an open-records request filed by 13WMAZ, the city released several months of records listing people who were past due on city utilities.

They list Howard as being past due as of Nov. 13. They do not show his name for previous months.

Although the amount next to Howard's name is redacted, the total of $1,770.67 in city and water bills is clearly visible

Last week, 13WMAZ filed the request under the state's open-records law regarding past-due utility payments, including Howard's.

Howard did not return our phone calls Tuesday.

Melton's news release says, "The Council of Forsyth has determined that due to certain allegations of irregularities in the billing of city utilities, an investigation has been ordered with a report to be made to the city council, and which is intended to gather facts and allow council the opportunity to take any action, if any, that may be necessary."

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