Sumner council approves penalty for late water bills

The Sumner City Council approved an ordinance Feb. 17 that increases the penalty for those paying their water bill late.

The Sumner City Council approved an ordinance Feb. 17 that increases the penalty for those paying their water bill late.

In Sumner, a water bill is considered delinquent when payment is not made within 20 days after it is due.

The ordinance increases the penalty for delinquent accounts from 1 percent of a water bill’s outstanding balance with a minimum of $2.50, to 5 percent of the outstanding balance with a minimum penalty of $15.

If the past due balance is less than $35 the penalty is waived.

If a customer does not pay a portion or the total of the balance within 40 days of the bill’s due date, the city will have water service disconnected and a lien may be placed upon the property to which water is supplied.

The ordinance is now in effect.

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