At the regular meeting of the Tahlequah Public Works Authority, the board debated the possibility of an extra fee being tacked onto past due bills that are in collection.

Herb Rozelle, a member of the board, said he couldn’t see the sense in adding a 25 percent fee to past-due bills that weren’t paid.

“I have been poor,” he said. “I am still poor and I don’t think adding more money to a past due bill is going to help the residents that are struggling to pay the bill.”

Other board members brought up that the 25 percent fee would negate their obligation to the collection firm AMS. And this would prevent TPWA from paying the collection fee.

“I just don’t feel right about that,” Rozell said.

The board had noted the Oklahoma legislature had just passed House Bill 1800 allowing utility companies to charge and additional 35 percent on past due bills that are in collections.

“It’s up to us and whatever the body is comfortable with,” Stan Day said.

The board opted to table it the modification agreement until a solution has been worked out.

TPWA approved the minutes of the last special board meeting that was held May 20 and the last regular board meeting held June 12.

Among the other things approved was change order for the installation of extendahoe to the new backhoe being purchased.

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