Section 106-254; Ord. 18513; Amending Chapter 27 of the City Code as it relates to security deposits for utility services


Ordinance No.           18513                       Council Bill No.            B 142-05 A           


AN ORDINANCE

amending Chapter 27 of the City Code as it relates to security deposits for utility services; and fixing the time when this ordinance shall become effective.

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF COLUMBIA, MISSOURI, AS FOLLOWS:

    SECTION 1.  Chapter 27 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, Missouri, is hereby amended as follows:

    Material to be deleted in strikeout; material to be added underlined.

Sec. 27-20. Security deposits.
    (a)    Each new customer shall be required to make a security deposit as a condition of service.

    (1)    Customers requesting services to a one-family dwelling or one-family unit of a larger residential building shall deposit the following amounts for receiving utility services:

        a.    Electrical service    $ 40.00 65.00

        b.    Water service     15.00 25.00

        c.    Sewer service     10.00 20.00

        d.    Refuse service     10.00 20.00

At the discretion of the finance director, the security deposit may be waived upon the customer establishing one (1) year (twelve consecutive months) good credit or furnishing a letter of good credit from the customer’s previous utility provider.  The finance director will maintain a written policy that defines good credit.

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    (b)    A residential landlord requesting services for a rental unit shall make a security deposit based on the number of rental units for which the landlord has utility security deposits with the city:

        First 25 units, per unit    $10.00

        Units in excess of 25, per unit    5.00

The maximum amount of security deposits a residential landlord shall be required to make, regardless of the number of rental units, is one thousand dollars ($1,000.00). At the discretion of the finance director, landlord security deposits may be waived upon the landlord having established a minimum of three (3) years continuous timely payments the customer may request the deposit be waived upon the customer establishing one (1) year (twelve consecutive months) good credit with the City of Columbia.  The finance director will maintain a written policy that defines good credit.

    (c)     In order for customers to obtain service to a commercial establishment or for any use other than single-family residential use, they shall be required to meet one of the following provisions:

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     (e)     The department may require an additional security deposit as a condition of continued service if, in an unauthorized manner, the customer interferes with or diverts the service of the utility situated on or about or delivered to the customer's premises.   The department may require a signed application for service and additional security deposit from any customer giving false information to access City of Columbia utility services.

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    (h)      Customer security deposits may be refunded upon the customer having established a minimum of three (3) years of continuous timely payments on his current account, or a prior or transferred account. At the discretion of the finance director, the security deposit may be waived upon the customer establishing one (1) year (twelve consecutive months) good credit or furnishing a letter of good credit from the customer’s previous utility provider.  The finance director will maintain a written policy that defines good credit. Should the deposit be credited to a customer's account and the customer's services discontinued subsequently due to nonpayment, the customer will be required to make the proper security deposits in addition to other charges and fees as a requisite for resumption of services.

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    SECTION 2.  This ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after its passage.

    PASSED this 16th day of May, 2005.