Minden tightening utility rules

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MINDEN, La. (AP) - The city of Minden is raising the amount of money required for a residential utility deposit from $50 to $100.

Mayor Tommy Davis said the increase, which affects only new customers, makes it easier for the city to avoid losing money on unpaid utility bills. Davis told The Press Herald (http://bit.ly/1mUk8jX ) that hardly anyone has a utility bill as low as $50 anymore.

City officials also are tightening policies on disconnections for overdue bills. Disconnection of water and electricity service will take place the day after the date printed on a delinquency notice. City Clerk Michael Fluhr said the cutoff date will always be between the 24th and 26th of each month.

There will be some leeway for customers in times of extreme weather conditions: Fluhr said electricity won’t be cut off in weather over 105 degrees or when temperatures drop below freezing for two consecutive days.

The city’s aim is to ensure residents pay their bills on time, therefore improving cash flow that will allow the city to operate.

“We have had some months recently where we had an extremely high number of delinquencies,” Davis said.

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Information from: Minden Press-Herald, http://www.press-herald.com/

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