March 25- Last night, one day before Utility Bills were due, the City of Centralia adopted a motion to amend the Utility Billing and Collection policies in response to the COVID-19 crisis.
Although more relief may come, the following amendments were approved (7-0):
- Temporarily suspend late fees for residential and small commercial customers.
- Small commercial customers that are mandated to close their business by the state will be offered the option to pay 50% of their utility bill balance due until July 1, 2020. The account will need to be paid in full or have a payment set up by July 26, 2020 to avoid penalties and interest. Other details to follow.
- Small commercial customers will not be sent to collections during the declared COVID-19 emergency.
Individuals, families, and businesses in our community will need assistance recovering from this crisis. Considering the City does not know the full economic impact, the amended policies were a welcomed first step and gives Centralia utility customers and the City the opportunity to take a deep breath, assess the situation, and consider additional relief before our next meeting in three week.Peter Abbarno, Centralia Mayor Pro Tem
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