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Some overdue power bills paid

May 16, 2007|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

WILLIAMSPORT - Out of $59,817 that the town has tried to collect from customers on overdue electricity bills, 74 percent was paid, according to a memo by Clerk/Treasurer James R. Castle.

Accounts representing 8 percent of the overdue money were cut off, the memo says.

Other customers received extensions, set up payment plans, had medical reasons for not having their power turned off, moved or were members of the military serving overseas, the memo says.

Councilman James C. Kalbfleisch, who oversees the town's electricity department, said he believes leeway is needed. "There are some extenuating circumstances," such as job layoffs, he said.

Mayor James G. McCleaf II, who previously oversaw the electricity department, said he preferred a "no-tolerance" approach.

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