Yes. The Town of Erie adds a fee to utility bills for delinquent payment.
All customers are given a single-day grace period after their due date to pay their bill. After that day, a fee that is 1% of the unpaid billing amount is added to the account.
Late Payment Penalties
All customers are given a single-day grace period after their due date to pay their bill. After that day, a fee that is 1% of the unpaid billing amount is added to the customer account.
Let's assume your bill for the month of March was $100 and you did not pay that amount. A 1% fee (or $1) would be added to your account. For the month of April, your bill is $100 again, but now your customer account will reflect an unpaid balance of $201 - covering the month you didn't pay, the current month, and the 1% fee.
Water Shut-Off Procedures
Customers are given one full month to make payment after the due date on their bill. If payment is not made in that month (or a payment plan is not created with the Utility Billing Division), their water service will be disconnected.
Let's use the scenario above: your utility bill was due on Friday, March 24 and you did not pay the bill. A doorhanger would be posted at your residence on the Tuesday a month later - in this case, on Tuesday, April 26. If the required amount isn't paid in full (or a payment plan isn't created) by 10 a.m. on Thursday - our team will begin shut-off procedures on Thursday starting just after 10 a.m.
A total fee of $40 is also added to any account that requires disconnection and reconnection.
Once the necessary payment is made, customers can call to have their water service re-connected again ASAP. Disconnection and reconnection teams work weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., excluding Town-observed holidays.