What and how much are MTEMC's fees?
Initiation Fee (new construction) $75
Initiation Fee (existing location) $40
Minimum Bill Charge $35
Collection Trip Charge $40*
Reconnection Charge $80**
Overtime Charge $50
Returned Check Charge $25
Meter Test Charge $50
Late Fee - 5 percent of the first $250 owed, then 1 percent on all amounts more than $250.
* A Collection Trip Charge can be for any trip associated with the collections process, including
leaving a notice (doorhanger).
** A Reconnection Charge is the combined charge of a disconnection and a reconnection, which is
the charge for two trips.
Why does MTEMC charge a $40 fee for leaving a doorhanger warning of a possible disconnection?
Before disconnecting a member, MTEMC employees may make a final attempt to avoid the disconnection by leaving a door hanger. It costs to perform this function. The $40 figure was arrived at through a cost study that determined the average cost of such trips at $40. Since MTEMC's only source of revenue is its members, if the member who caused the cost does not pay the cost, the other members of the cooperative must pay the cost. Therefore, the fee is a simple cost recovery measure with the intent of being as fair as possible to the membership as a whole.
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