Brookhaven Mayor John Ernst announced at the April 26 City Council meeting that Comcast has paid back the nearly $1 million it owed the city in back franchise fees.
Comcast entered an agreement with the council Feb. 9 to pay back $981,976.05 owed to the city in two separate payments within 75 days.
“We have gotten our second check in. All money owed to us is in,” Ernst said.
In April 2015, Comcast agreed to pay the back franchise fees dating from January 2013 through March 2015. Comcast is currently paying the city franchises fees on a quarterly basis.
Franchise fees are paid to local governments by private cable TV companies such as Comcast for use of the public right-of-way for cable. Private cable TV companies typically charge customers franchise fees and are to take that money and pay it to the cities.