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Posted: Monday, October 17, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 6:07 am, Mon Oct 17, 2011.

When Sandra Schoch opened her father's recent Lodi Electric Utility bill, she was confused because there was no due date.

Starting in September, Lodi residents started receiving utility bills that said "due upon receipt."

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  • roy bitz posted at 12:44 pm on Tue, Oct 18, 2011.

    roy bitz Posts: 503

    Ayers says staff will review the ordinance and come back to council before a future meeting----this would be a two minute meeting and the matter would be resolved in minutes in the real world.

  • Elise Middlecamp posted at 5:19 pm on Mon, Oct 17, 2011.

    Elise Middlecamp Posts: 20

    I don't think compliance from 1991 should be enforced 10 years later all of a sudden when they notice it wasn't in compliance. They made the change in 1991, it is not the residents' fault that they did not make this change then.

    It's hard times right now, and Lodi knows it. Not putting a due date on these bills, especially when people have to dance around due dates, is ridiculous.

  • Timothy Tyler posted at 12:19 pm on Mon, Oct 17, 2011.

    Timothy Tyler Posts: 8

    The real question is:
    "How much did it cost us to think up, discuss/debate, get approval and implement this fun little change?" Anyone.....Bueller? No wonder there is no money for a flag pole.

  • Laura Rouzer posted at 11:15 am on Mon, Oct 17, 2011.

    Laura Rouzer Posts: 57

    If they don't want to print a due date and instead make us count days from postmark, then the bill should not be delinquent until the 1st of the next month. They shouldn't be allowed to charge late fees if there is no due date.

  • roy bitz posted at 9:37 am on Mon, Oct 17, 2011.

    roy bitz Posts: 503

    Deputy city manager says " what we are trying to do is bring ourselves into compliance with our own ordinance" that reads-- bills are due upon receipt. Why not simply change the wording in the old ordinance to be in compliance with common practice and common sense?
    It's unbelievable to me--- our highly compensated Deputy City Manager trys to defend this nonsense with more nonsense.

  • Lori Cotten posted at 8:45 am on Mon, Oct 17, 2011.

    LKC Posts: 8

    Do you really have to see what other utilities are doing just post it on the bill Payment Due **** If not paid buy**** a late charge will be applied so simple! don't make us read the small print stop trying to trip us up so you can collect late fees I think the city should be above the sneaky tactics.

  • Kim Lee posted at 8:12 am on Mon, Oct 17, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    Sounds like we have to count out 20 days from the postmark on the bill to know our actual due date (last day to pay). It seems odd that they just can't post that date on the bill.

  • Bob Smith posted at 6:55 am on Mon, Oct 17, 2011.

    Bob Smith Posts: 128

    How does this affect those of us who pay our bill through automatic withdrawals from bank accounts? In the past, the amount was deducted on the due date. Now when will it be taken out?



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