City Utility Bills—does everyone have to
pay or just those that don’t complain?
utility bills are out and we’ve heard several complaints already.
It seems that there is a $12 charge on many of the bills for
garbage. The City has jumped the gun on this deal since the
County has never approved letting the City collect for garbage.
You might thank the BOC for delaying this. The City is notorious
for raising rates whenever they want to raise more money. Your
$12 garbage fee could easily rise to $14, $18 or more in the near
future. The people we’ve heard from had already paid for garbage
through June when they were billed for the quarter. Another
problem is an ongoing problem. Some people, especially certain
city employees, don’t pay their bills and don’t have their
utilities cut off. We’ve heard some really disturbing accusations
that bills are even written off when an employee complains. We are
checking these rumors out. We do know that if you pay your bill,
you are certainly paying higher rates to make up for a ploy that
happens frequently in the City. Here’s how it works—someone runs
up a utility bill for several months and they don’t pay it. The
bill finally reaches some big amount (such as $2500 or more), and
the City cuts the utilities off. Within an hour or maybe the next
day, a family member comes up and pays a deposit to have the bill
put in their name. The utilities are turned back on and the $2500
bill becomes uncollectible. Even though the same people are in
the house and using the utilities, the City seems to make no
effort to collect. This ploy has been going on for some time,
and it is costing all good citizens that pay their bills. You
also need to continue to monitor your utility bill from the
City of Monticello. There seems to be serious problems
with the meter readings.
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