Civic Affairs


Oklahoma City settles big utility bill

by William Crum Published: July 7, 2014

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.

by William Crum
OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman.
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