For countless years, the city has relied on this method of collecting payments from residents for their water and sewer usage.
All that could soon change in the city if a plan proceeds to make the switch to a monthly billing cycle for these two utilities.
To this idea, we say it’s about time.
It seems there may be a tremendous benefit in changing up the billing cycle to be more frequent.
This would make it easier for residents to budget for their bills. Quarterly statements also deliver surprises such as huge bills after water leaks were left undiscovered for months, whereas a monthly bill would allow residents to be more proactive in managing their water use.
It also seems like it’d be a benefit for the city, which would get its money on a more frequent basis and would help with cash flow. Instead of having to wait every three months for a large sum of cash, there would be regular streams of revenue coming to the city.
But, in order for this to happen, the city must undertake a project to install new water meters that would automatically read water use data. Again, to this idea, we say go for it.
It seems like the time is right to do something to bring the city forward with its billing process. If other utility providers are able to provide monthly bills, why not the city?
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