KC water bill on Collins' buildings exceeds $20K

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One of two buildings owned by Collins east of the downtown area in Kansas City. - COURTESY KANSAS CITY CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS
  • Courtesy Kansas City code enforcement officials
  • One of two buildings owned by Collins east of the downtown area in Kansas City.
The Kansas City Star has featured the Helen Collins apartment buildings in a piece that explores the difficulty of getting absentee landlords to keep up their property.

The story, which ran on Friday, has information that ties Collins to Douglas Bruce, who's been cross-wise with officials in Colorado several times over dilapidated properties over the years.

Here's what he told the Star when asked to comment on the Kansas City situation: "“I have no desire to talk to you. You’ve got a bee in your bonnet about something totally stupid. Go bug somebody else.”

The buildings have been vacated by order of the city recently, according to the Star's article:
The buildings were occupied until right after Easter, but they have now been vacated and boarded up because of overdue water bills totaling more than $20,000. The account was in Bruce’s name, but Water Services chief financial officer Sean Hennessy said Collins would also be liable.
Collins survived a recall election April 7 but faces an ethics complaint arising from her dealings with Bruce on a local property.

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