A homeowner who owed $27,289.66 on his Oklahoma City utility bill has settled for $1,500 and a promise to pay his bill on time in the future.
Burke Thomas Jr., 8301 N Air Depot Blvd., lives in a rural area. He is required to pay for trash service but never did, and used a private hauler instead, according to an assistant city attorney.
To stay in the city’s good graces, he’ll have to stay current with his $24.59 monthly bill. Most of the overdue balance was for late fees.
Worth considering: Thomas is an Oklahoma City resident but is not on city water.
As of last fall, among 2,409 of those accounts, the overdue balance was $5.5 million.
The city asked the Legislature for authority to put liens on property for that money, but the Legislature never acted on the bill.