Defiance City Council is considering legislation that would assist financially distressed persons aided by local charities to pay their utility bills.
An ordinance concerning deferred payment plans on utility bills is scheduled for a first reading by council tonight.
The proposed ordinance would give the utilities billing office director limited authority to waive late payment penalties and re-connection charges and to establish interest-free deferred payment plans.
In such cases, charities such as RAVENS and the Society of St. Vincent DePaul would pay the delinquent customer’s utility bill. The city would then waive the 10 percent late fee as well as the $20 reconnection fee.