Tuesday, December 20, 2005
GRANDVIEW - With little discussion, the Grandview City Council approved Monday an increase in the water re-connect fee for non-paying customers.
The fee will increase from $15 to $25.
City Administrator Jim Sewell said the increase is necessary to offset the cost of time and labor needed to go out to a residence, shut the water off, then later return to turn the water back on.
"The $15 fee no longer covers the cost," Sewell said.
Sewell told the council right now it's costing the city about $23 every time a non-paying customer's water is shut off.
The fee for disconnecting water service won't change.
The current cost for shutting water off for service is $13, Sewell said.
Councilwoman Helen Darr expressed concern about the discrepancy between the two fees, despite the fact that the costs to do each are the same.
"Shouldn't that be the same?" Darr said.
Mayor Norm Childress said the council would look into the matter of the disconnect fee for service and that the council could possibly raise that amount in the future, should the council find it necessary to offset costs of operations.
According to the new ordinance, non-paying customers will be charged a $5 late fee, and given a 24-hour notice of disconnect if their bill isn't paid 14 days after it was due.
If the customer still doesn't pay his or her bill, plus penalties, the city will remove the residence's water meter, and then they must pay a $25 fee, plus any delinquent charges to restore service.