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Tallahassee commission votes to end utilities moratorium

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Posted at 4:48 PM, Feb 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-24 16:48:10-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Tallahassee City Commission votes to resume utility disconnection with 60-day advanced notice, ending the moratorium for unpaid bills.

Beginning in March, the City of Tallahassee stopped disconnecting utilities for people who've failed to pay their bills. It was in an effort to provide some grace for those who have struggled due to the pandemic.

City of Tallahassee Chief Customer Service Officer James Barnes said 11,800 families and 339 businesses are at least one month behind on their utility bills. Those unpaid bills add up to about $9.4 million. Barnes said if they keep letting bills go unpaid, it's going to add up in another way.

The City previously said they will try to help through the U.S. Treasury Utility, Rental Relief Assistance program and referrals to local non-profits.