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LaFayette sets cut-off date for utility payments in November

LaFAYETTE — Utilities in LaFayette could be shut off sooner than normal this month due to the way Thanksgiving holiday falls this year.

The LaFayette City Council passed an ordinance in November stating the “five-day cutoff notice” will be sent Nov. 18. The utility bills will still be due Nov. 15 but the cutoff date was scheduled for Nov. 27. However, that is the final business day in November, so the council directed City Attorney Joseph Tucker to draft an ordinance amendment to move the cutoff date to Nov. 25.

That ordinance was passed at the city’s most recent council meeting.

The current ordinance says if the account is not brought current, on or before, 8 a.m. on Nov. 22, then a representative from the city will post a cutoff notice at the residence.

The ordinance also says due to the change in dates, the $2 delinquency fee for utilities will not be assessed for November.

LaFayette Mayor Barry Moody said part of the reason for the change is because if somebody’s power is cut off after Nov. 27, there won’t be anybody at the city to help them until the following Monday, which would be five days later.

“We wanted to let the public know about this as soon as possible, so they can make any financial plans they need to make,” he said.