LIBERTY - The City Council will do away with a deposit fee for utilities but will require a $40 non-reimbursable fee for all utility connection maintenance visits.
The council had first reading Wednesday on an amendment to the ordinance relating to utility billing in an effort to save the city money.
"We're really experiencing significant problems in certain areas," said Mayor Steve Sweeney.
"A lot of people pay the deposit to hook up to utilities, then move. They get the deposit back. Sometimes people move several times a year," he said.
This means the city maintenance department could make several trips to one place to connect utilities, but the city will not receive any additional money for the work.