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City of Lodi will reinstate due dates printed on utility bills

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Posted: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 6:03 am, Wed Dec 14, 2011.

The city of Lodi will be re-instituting due dates on utility bills after residents contacted city staff more than 1,000 times to complain about the new system.

In September Lodi changed its bills, from stating a specific due date to printing "due upon receipt" to conform with a 1991 city ordinance.

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  • Joanne Bobin posted at 10:16 am on Wed, Dec 14, 2011.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    The article stated: "The city wrote off $545,000 of bad debt during the last fiscal year, which is split among all of the ratepayers. It accounts for 0.21 percent of the bills."

    I don't know what kind of accounting practices the city uses in which they call a "bad debt" a "write-off," and then transfer that debt to the rate payers. And if I'm being charged for other's debt, then I want to see that as a line item on my bill, not added to rate increases.

    This sounds like the sneaky way the COL added the TCE clean-up, which used to be a line item, into the total charge for water.

     
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