Hazard officials may cut bill payment service

HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - You may not be able to pay your power bill at Hazard City Hall for much longer.

Officials might axe that service in an effort to save money.

For years, the room on the first floor at Hazard City Hall has provided a convenient way for Kentucky Power customers to pay their bills.

"We (sometimes) have two lines going downstairs to pay the bills," Mayor Nan Gorman said. "You just have to stand in line to pay. That's how much it's used."

But it is costing the city $20 thousand every year to keep it open.

"This is your money and my money," Gorman said. "And we have to be careful with it at city hall. We feel like we could use that money in some better places."

City officials are trying to persuade Kentucky Power to reimburse them more. They're currently receiving 30 cents per pill.

The clerk at the billing office estimated that she handles between 150 and 200 transactions per day. On the first day of each month that number jumps to nearly 750, she said.

"There are many other avenues where people can pay their bills," said Mike Lasslo with Kentucky Power. "But some people in the area still like the old time service and availability of walking in and being able to hand somebody cash or a check in person."

City council has mulled charging people one dollar to pay their bill, but the mayor is opposed to that.

Lasslo said, "We've had a good long relationship with the city and we'd like to see that continue."

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