HARRODSBURG - The Harrodsburg City Commission will have the first reading of a new water security deposit affecting landlords during its next regular meeting. A group of landlords were on hand during Monday's meeting to present the proposal.
According to the current ordinance, adopted in 1999, the water department requires a $75 deposit fee for residential properties to ensure bill payment.
If a customer doesn't pay a bill, the city turns off the water and the deposit remains until the account is closed. The deposit may either be refunded or used to pay an outstanding balance left on the bill, said Amy Kays, with the water department.
Landlords present at the meeting said it was inconvenient for them to have to go to city hall multiple times to have water turned off or on as tenants moved in or out. They proposed an ordinance giving them the option of paying $75 per line turned on, paying a lump sum of $125 for the first two residential meters or $300 for three or more residential meters.