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Resolution RS2020-386

A resolution requesting that Nashville utility companies allow customers to pay any delinquent utility bills over a twelve-month period.

WHEREAS, COVID-19 has disrupted the lives of many individuals across the world and in Nashville; and

WHEREAS, the economic conditions during this unprecedented crisis have made is so many residents of Nashville are unable to pay their bills or make ends meet; and

WHEREAS, Metro Water, Piedmont Gas, Nashville Electric Service, and others have stepped up during this difficult time, waiving late fees and disconnection or termination of service for customers; and

WHEREAS, while this has been helpful to Nashville residents, utilities should also consider allowing residents to pay any delinquent bills over a twelve-month period after the COVID-19 benefits they have offered have ended; and

WHEREAS, many residents will be behind on their payments, many so far behind that they may not be able to pay their entire bill all at once; and

WHEREAS, giving the residents an opportunity to spread out their delinquent payments over twelve-months would allow for Nashvillians to get back on their feet quicker, while ensuring that these utility companies are made whole; and

WHEREAS, these utilities should also consider using funds such as late fees from previous years to assist customers who have fallen behind on payments this year; and

WHEREAS, it is fitting and proper that the Metropolitan Council request that Nashville utility companies give customers on opportunity to pay delinquent utility bills over a twelve-month period.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT OF NASHVILLE AND DAVIDSON COUNTY:

Section 1. That the Metropolitan County Council hereby goes on record as requesting that Nashville utility companies allow customers to pay any delinquent utility bills over a twelve-month period.

Section 2. This Resolution shall take effect from and after its adoption, the welfare of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.

Sponsor(s)

Sharon Hurt, Emily Benedict, Steve Glover, Burkley Allen, Jonathan Hall, Kyonzté Toombs, Zulfat Suara, Ginny Welsch, Russ Bradford, Colby Sledge, Erin Evans, Delishia Porterfield

Legislative History

Referred toRules, Confirmations, and Public Elections Committee

IntroducedJune 16, 2020

AdoptedJune 16, 2020

ApprovedJune 17, 2020

ByMayor Cooper's signature

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Last Modified: 06/29/2020 4:58 PM