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Water Rates & Policies
Each consumer of the City's water distribution system shall deposit the sum of one hundred fifty dollars ($150.00) with the City as a security deposit for the payment of City utilities and services used and billed along with twenty-five dollars ($25.00) for administrative fees. Upon any consumer discontinuing the use of said City's utilities and services, and any bill for use of any City-billed service is paid in full, including the penalties; the deposit shall be refunded to said person, without interest. However, in the event the meter is damaged in any way, the cost of repair may, at the City's discretion, be deducted from such deposit. In addition, this deposit may be returned after two (2) years if the consumer is in good credit standing, having paid the monthly bill for services by the 10th of each month. For prior and current consumers that remained in good credit standing with the City of Hallsville as described above, the deposit shall be waived.
Payment for Water Service
All fees presented to customers of the City water service shall be due and payable at the office of City Hall. All monthly billing shall be due and payable on or before the 10th day of the month for each month of the calendar year for the previous month's usage as billed. An invoice shall be mailed to each customer no later than ten (10) days prior to the 10th day of the month.
The minimum user charge per billing cycle shall be thirteen dollars and thirty-five cents ($13.35) for the first thousand (1,000) gallons. In addition, each customer shall pay a user rate charge of five dollars and thirty cents ($5.30) per one thousand (1,000) gallons of water after the first one thousand (1,000) gallons.
In addition to all other charges for the use of water, each user of water shall pay to the City of Hallsville to reimburse said City for its expense incurred in administering the State of Missouri required public drinking water program the sums as set by the State, regardless of the amount of water consumed. The water bills shall show such expense separately upon the bill as a Missouri primacy fee.
Penalty for Failure To Pay Rates When Due
All fees presented to customers of the City water and/or sewer service shall be due and payable at City Hall. All monthly billing shall be due and payable by the 10th day of the month for each month of the calendar year for the previous month's usage as billed. If any bill for water and/or sewer service shall remain due and unpaid after the due date an additional charge of five percent (5%) will be added to the bill. All bills not paid before the 21st day of the billing month shall be declared delinquent, a non-payment fee of thirty-five dollars ($35.00) shall be assessed to the account and the service to the delinquent account shall be discontinued.
To restore service the City shall require all past due fees, interest, non-payment fees paid in full by occupant and/or user of the premises. In addition, a fee of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) for having such service restored during regular business hours from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. each working day, Monday through Friday. If occupant and/or user request water service to be restored during non-business hours an additional fee of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) will be added.
Any financial agreements on delinquent accounts for extraordinary hardships shall be made for no longer than three (3) months with the approval of the Mayor and/or City Administrator. "Extraordinary hardships" shall mean a water leak, hospitalization, medical reasons or death. Any arrangements for longer terms must be approved by the Board of Aldermen.
Notwithstanding the above, not more than once in a calendar year, the non-payment fee shall be waived on any bill for water and/or sewer service which has become delinquent.