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Ord 79-2002 9/17/2002 ORDINANCE NO. 7Q - JDO'� ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION 32-1 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES TO ESTABLISH A LATE PAYMENT FEE FOR UTILITY BILLING; FINDING AND DETERMINING THAT THE MEETING AT WHICH THIS ORDINANCE WAS PASSED WAS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AS REQUIRED BY LAW. WHEREAS, the City bills for water, sewer, sanitation and storm water services on a monthly basis; and WHEREAS, no penalty is assessed to customers who fail to pay their utility bill by the due date; and WHEREAS, approximately 15% of the customer base receive two-month bills that contain delinquent charges; and WHEREAS, it is anticipated that a late payment fee will reduce the number of past due accounts and assist the City in collection of service charges due for water, sewer, sanitation and storm water services. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WICHITA FALLS, TEXAS, THAT: SECTION 1. Chapter 32-1 of the Code of Ordinances is hereby amended in its entirety as follows: 'Sec. 32-1. Billing, late payment fee, disconnecting and reconnecting fees. All services for water, sewer, sanitation, and storm water accounts shall be billed together on a monthly basis. All water, sewer, sanitation, and storm water accounts shall be payable monthly and shall carry a due date of approximately fifteen (15) days after the billing date. The bill shall include a notice which will state that if payment is not received by the due date, then a 5% late payment fee will be assessed on the amount due. If such bill has not been paid by the due date, then a late payment fee of 5% will be assessed to the balance of the account. If such bill has not been paid by the billing date of the succeeding month's bill, then the succeeding month's bill will include a delinquent notice which will state that the customer's service will be discontinued without further notice unless payment is made on or before the due date and a service fee of fifteen dollars ($15.00) must be paid before service will be restored. The delinquent notice will also include a statement that a 5% late payment fee will be assessed on the amount due if payment is not received by the due date. If the full amount has not been paid on or before the due date of the second month's bill or satisfactory arrangements for paying the bill have not been made, the water, sewer and sanitation services will be discontinued, and a service fee of fifteen dollars $15.00 and a late payment fee of 5% will be charged to the account. Discontinued service will be restored with full payment of the bill including any late fees and the fifteen dollar service fee.' SECTION 2. It is hereby officially found and determined that the meeting at which this ordinance was passed was open to the public as required by law. PASSED AND APPROVED this the 17th day of September 2002. Wig k Q� MAYOR ATTEST: City Clerk • Affidavit of Publication THE STATE OF TEXAS #1574391 COUNTY OF WICHITA ORDINANCE NO.79.2002 On this 1st day of October, 2002 AD... ORDINANCE AMEND- ING SECTION 32-1 OF Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority THE CODE OF ORDI- NANCES TO ESTAB- Kathy KSalan bookkeeper for the Times Publishing Company L I S H A L A T E PAYMENT FEE FOR of Wichita Falls, publishers of the Wichita Falls UTILITY BILLING P ORDINANCE NO.81-2002 AN ORDINANCE EN- Times/Record News, a newspaper published at SECTION 106-2 TO TING THE CODE OF OR-8 Wichita Falls in Wichita County, Texas, and upon being RELATING TO FEES SPROVIDED duly sworn by me, on oath states that the attached BY THE PUBLIC UTILI- TIES DIVISION; RE- advertisement is a true and correct copy of advertising PEALING RESOLUTION 142-94. published l ublished in One ((1) following issues thereof on the followin dates: September 29, 2002 Bookkeeper for Times Publishing Company of Wichita Falls Subscribed and sworn to before me this the day and year first above written: oRINES °1AaypL`Gk(51".• F • i ■ s ,. '