Hildale will have to find a way to collect on delinquent water, sewer, garbage and property tax bills other than shutting off water, state officials say.

The town is owed more than $100,000 in back bills for sewer and water connections, water service, garbage pickup and property taxes, Mayor David Zitting said, "more than our annual budget."The tiny Washington County community, predominantly made up of polygamous fundamentalists, sent out warnings in April and May that it intended to cut off water to residents delinquent on municipal bills.

But the Utah Public Utilities Division and the state attorney general's office told the city that disconnection of water service "can't be used for anything except to enforce collection of water bills."