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HCSA eases late payment fees

SoVaNow.com / March 25, 2013
The Halifax County Service Authority will drop penalities, under certain conditions, for customers who mail in their water/sewer payments two days prior to the due date, even if the payments arrive late at the HCSA office.

The issue came up at the last HCSA meeting when Coleman Speece, a board director, told fellow members that a customer had questioned him about the penalties. The customer mailed a payment two days before the due date, recounted Speece, but his check was not received in a timely manner and he was charged a ten percent penalty.

The board’s Policy Committee on Thursday recommended the following: “accounts for which payments are received after the due date and which have a postmark of at least 2 days prior to the penalty due date (not the cutoff deadline) may have the penalty waived. If there is no postmark on the envelope that is received after the penalty due date, this waiver cannot be granted.”

The full board approved the recommended change which will take effect immediately.

Also on Thursday, the board was advised of the 6.9 percent increase in rates for HCSA employees’ health insurance premiums. The agency offers two plans, the Key Advantage 250 and the Key Advantage Expanded. Last year, the Authority paid $494 for each of its 30 employees, with employees paying $55 monthly.

The HCSA paid a total of $177,840 last year. That amount rises to $528 for the HCSA to pay monthly (with the employee paying $59) for a total cost of $190,080, or $12,240 more than last year. Board members, assured that employees were satisfied with the plan, approved the increase.

In other business, the HCSA board approved an engineering facilities plan project contract with Draper Aden for $84,000 and another $52,000 contract with Anderson and Associates of Blacksburg for the design of the Lasco pump station rehabilitation. No engineering contract for the Cowford Road pump station was presented.

Not present for the March meeting were board members Joe Barkley and Jim Debiec.



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