UPDATE: WHAT HAPPENS NOW? Utility Billings and Collection After Executive Orders 124 and 142 Expire
On July 29, 2020 the LRCOG sent out an article which provided some interpretation of the Executive Order 124 and Executive Order 142 repayment plans for customers who accrued balances due during the period March 31, 2020 through July 29, 2020. The information in that article was based on data from the UNC School of Government. On July 30, 2020 – the first day following the expiration of the “grace period” – the Attorney General’s Office released its interpretation of the repayment plans and late payments. Some of the interpretations that the AG’s Office is making are different from the original information that LRCOG staff sent to you.
It is important for you to know that the AG’s Office is the deciding factor in how to handle repayments and charging of late fees. Attached to this email you will find the layout of those differences in a Blog Post from the School of Government issued yesterday afternoon. A quick summary of the AG’s interpretations are attached in the memo provided by Ms. Jean Klein.
We strongly encourage you to read this Coates' Canons Blog post and if you have any questions, please contact us and we will work with you to get an answer.