The Everett City Council voted Wednesday to shut down the Everett Health Center for lack in payment of $1.3 million.
Councilwoman Karen O’Neill said the city has a “zero tolerance policy” for people who are not paying their bills.
“The only way you’re going to get paid is if you have a credit card, and if you don’t have a card, you don the door,” she said.
O’Neill added that the city is “looking into” ways to bring the facility back.
The council also voted to add $400,000 to the city’s existing budget for the next two years for a program to help people with a limited income pay their bills, as well as to pay for additional emergency services and to expand a mobile phone payment program.
The council also approved a $1,000 fee for anyone who wants to sign up for a credit union account to use it as a payment method, O’Neil said.
The bill will be presented to the City Council on Wednesday, and council members have until Thursday to pass it or it could be considered by the full council.
The city is seeking to recover the remaining amount of the bill through an agreement with the state of Washington.