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July 13, 2014

No electric bill for six months

Allen waited for city to discover problem

ANDERSON — For six months June Allen carefully reviewed her bill from Anderson city utilities, discovering she had not been charged for electric usage since Jan. 1.

Sitting in her home on Lawrence Way, Allen has carefully documented her utility bills from the city of Anderson and finally went to the utility office to resolve the issue.

Allen said the problem started when the city replaced her electric meter with one that was supposed to automatically transmit the readings to the utility for billing purposes.

“I hadn’t paid an electric bill for six months,” she said.

Allen’s bill for six months showed all zeroes when it came to the previous, current and usage totals. All that was included in the bill was a $5.84 meter charge.

Armed with her own reading of the meter from June 1 to June 30 which showed usage at 369, she went to the utility office.

Without reading her meter, it was determined that Allen owed a catch-up bill of $429.70. She agreed to pay $71.62 for the next six months.

Her average utility bill was in the range of $50 to $80 per month and the December bill was for $73.71.

The history of her billing for electric use showed a zero on Dec. 13, an adjustment on the same date to usage of 669 and then nothing for the first six months of 2014.

“I delayed,” Allen said of informing the city utility. “I waited six months. I wanted to see how long it would take for the city to discover the problem.”

Allen said because she is an honest person she wanted the problem corrected.

“I didn’t want to get a bill that was in the thousands,” she said. “I didn’t win the lottery.

“How many other people are not paying for electric since the new meter was changed?” Allen said.

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