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City Council Approves Agreement for Delinquent Utility Bills Due to COVID-19

July 29, 2020

Deliquent Utility BillMonday evening the Plymouth City Council considered an agreement that would allow city residents who become delinquent on their utility bills due to COVID-19 to seek a payment plan from the city.

Plymouth Clerk-Treasurer Jeanine Xaver presented a proposal to have customers put down 25% of the total delinquent bill and then pay their current bill each month and an agreed to flat fee on the past due bill with the total to be paid on in 4 to 6 months.  If they uphold the agreement the administrative fees and penalties will be forgiven.

The Clerk-Treasurer told the council that the current moratorium set by the governor that won’t allow the city to discount services for lack of payment ends later this month.  She also told them that the Township Trustee can’t assist because a disconnect notice is not issued.

Councilman Jeff Houin felt 25% may be too high for some customers and suggested allowing the Clerk-Treasurer to use her discretion as she currently does to set the first payment and monthly fee to bring the account current.

Xaver said she currently has $7,688 in delinquent billing.

After some discussion the Plymouth City Council unanimously approved the agreement with an initial payment of 20% and the remainder to be equally divided over 6 months.