Williston Ready For A Change
The city of Williston says they're willing to rework it's twenty year old ordinance on utility late fee deposits. A misunderstanding between the city and it's customers on Martin Luther King Day left 41 residents unhappy and in the dark. City leaders agree it may be time for a change.
Fourteen hundred of Williston's three thousand residents purchase their utilities through the city. Power was shut off on Martin Luther King Day for 41 customers who didn't make their payments and some of their late fees ran into the thousands of dollars.
City manager Marcus Collins says they have an open door policy for residents seeking information about their bills. THe city's ordinance states if late on payment, you pay a late fee, a reconnect fee, the monthly bill, and your two highest bills for a deposit. That policy left one customer with a bill of seventeen hundred dollars.
The city is holding an informational workshop February 15th regarding utility bills and was recently awarded an energy efficient grant for 250 thousand dollars that will go towards educating residents on how to reduce their energy costs in their home.
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