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Radford City treasurer discusses recent power shut-offs

Published: Sep. 17, 2021 at 5:23 PM EDT
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RADFORD, Va. (WDBJ) - In Radford, we’re learning from city leaders many recent power shut-offs are due to multiple accounts over 6 months past due.

City leaders say more than 200 people were disconnected.

Radford City Treasurer Janet Jones says they have about $400,000 in payments to collect from during the pandemic.

Jones says there are other localities facing similar collection costs since moratoriums were lifted.

“The moratorium was lifted as of August 29 so right now is when we are seeing it. I don’t know if these people that are on the list were affected or not. I haven’t had many people tell me that the pandemic was the reason for the non-payment,” said Jones.

Leaders say payment arrangements can be made before disconnection, but once the power is cut off payments must be made in full, according to city ordinance.

The treasurer says they do want to help those struggling to pay, they have a list of agencies ready to help.

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