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City Pays Late Utility Bills

(before 2003)

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Utility bills are the bills you pay for things like gas and electricity. Gas and electricity are what heat and cool your home. They also give you light. It is important to pay your utility bills. If you do not pay your bills the services will be turned off.

One local apartment complex had its gas and electricity turned off. People living there thought that there was problem with the equipment. They had no electricity, hot water, or air conditioning. They were very upset when they found out why it was all shut off.

The man in charge of the seventy apartments did not pay the utility bill. This was not the first time it happened. The city already had to pay the bill two other times. If the city did not pay the bill, the tenants would not have any power.

The tenants needed their power to be turned back on. The utility company said that it might be a day before that could be done. The tenants were very frustrated.

The landlord was asked why he had not paid the bill. He said that there was a mix-up. He also said that the apartments would be going up for sale. The city will be able to collect their $50,000 in unpaid bills when the complex sells.

(This was adapted from an original story provided by News10 KXTV Sacramento.)

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