Special to Iredell Free News
Earlier this week Gov. Roy Cooper issued an Executive Order to help reduce the financial impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the state’s citizens. For Statesville, the governor’s order helped clarify some of the procedures already in place for its utility customers.
These are the guidelines in effect for the next 60 days for all Statesville water, sewer and electric customers:
♦ The $2.75 convenience fee charged by credit card companies is being credited back to the customer’s account.
♦ The City is not disconnecting a customer’s water, sewer or electric service for nonpayment.
♦ Late fees and interest for nonpayment are being waived.
These measures will help ensure residents can remain in their homes and slow the spread of the coronavirus.
However, all customers are still responsible for paying all usage and, if possible, should continue to pay on their accounts to avoid accumulating large balances.
The City of Statesville will offer extended repayment plans that allow residential customers at least six months to pay unpaid bills without owing interest charges. This six-month period will apply to outstanding bill payments accumulated during the effective period of the Executive Order, plus 120 days.
The Statesville Customer Service Office located at 301 S. Center Street has been closed to the public for several weeks and is not accepting payments in person. To help customers stay at home to pay, the City is encouraging customers to use these options:
♦ Pay online (utilities.statesvillenc.net) or by phone (704-878-3564) using a credit card. (The $2.75 convenience fee charged by the credit card company is being credited back to the customer’s account.)
♦ Mail the payment with the bill stub and account number written on the check to P.O. Box 1111, Statesville, NC 28687.
♦ Place the payment in the drop box located at the front of the office building, 301 S. Center Street.
♦ Use the drive through station on the side of the office building, M-F, 8-5.
Questions can be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-878-3564.