Moratorium extended on utilities fees, shutoffs

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Posted 4/30/21

City of Port Townsend utilities customers will have time yet to get caught up on their utility bills after the city council agreed to extend the moratorium on shutoffs until the end of August.

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Moratorium extended on utilities fees, shutoffs

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City of Port Townsend utilities customers will have time yet to get caught up on their utility bills after the city council agreed to extend the moratorium on shutoffs until the end of August.

The Port Townsend City Council voted unanimously to approve the resolution, with the exception of Pamela Adams, who was experiencing technical difficulties during the recent council meeting.

The city will waive all late fees and penalties between March 1, 2020 and Aug. 31, 2021.

The resolution also states that the city will not shut off water nor require full payment of unpaid utility accounts until after Aug. 31.

According to the city, there are currently 62 utilities customers who are more than 60 days past due, totaling $64,683.

Utility fees and shutoffs were initially halted on March 23, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The recent extension of the moratorium makes it the fourth time the council has opted to pushed out collecting on past due bills.

Prior to the vote, the suspensions were set to expire April 30.

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