Leesburg Looks to Reduce Utility Deposits

Leesburg Looks to Reduce Utility Deposits
Posted Date:9/24/2014
The City of Leesburg could reduce costly deposits to improve service for utility customers. 

The City Commission discussed a proposal Monday night allowing new residential customers to pay lower deposit fees of $200 for electric service, $50 for water service and $50 for gas. Deposits will be credited to customers after 24 months of good payment history. Existing customers with good history also will receive credit of their utility deposits by the end of the year. 

Utility deposits will be waived for residential customers who sign up for 12 months of auto-pay – a convenient service using Leesburg’s automatic bill payment system. A final vote for the new proposal will be at the Oct. 13 City Commission meeting at City Hall, 501 W. Meadow St. in Leesburg. 

“I think this is a more affordable option for all customers - especially those who rent,” said Leesburg City Commissioner Bill Polk. “I think the focus on customer service is very important because that is the front-line where residents and customers get their first impression of the city.” 

Leesburg now allows payments at convenient locations around the city – no need to visit City Hall. Cash payments can be made free of service charges at all Amscot store locations including two in Leesburg at 1100 W. North Blvd. and 10300 U.S. Highway 441. 

All payments types – cash, credit, check or money order – can be made with a convenience fee at these Fidelity Express sites: 
• 7 Star Discount, 2005 W. Main St. 
• 7 Star Discount, 103 N. Dixie Ave. 
• Right Way Foods, 11100 California St. 
• Bob’s Zippy Market #1, 311 N. Dixie Ave. 
• Bob’s Zippy Market #2, 1501 South St. 
• Quick Shop, 1417 S. 14th St. 
• Speedtrak Food Mart, 2999 W. Main St. 

For more information contact, Leesburg’s Customer Service Department at (352) 728-9800. 

Leesburg is a progressive city of more than 21,000 residents in northwest Lake County. The city government serves twice as many people with its electric, gas, water, wastewater and fiber-optic public utilities. Leesburg also is a central hub for commerce, attracting 50,000 people to work each weekday. For more information, visit www.leesburgflorida.gov.