An emergency meeting of the Abbeville City council was held on March 19, 2020 to discuss the economic impact the COVID-19 Pandemic is likely to have on the City and its citizens and to make a decision concerning electricity and utility accounts.
The City of Abbeville, like many municipalities, is dependent upon utility sales to provide for public safety and services. City utilities are purchased from a supplier, and we need to be able to continue providing utilities to Citizens thought this pandemic. Because the sale of utilities is such a vital part of the municipal budget, the continued collection of utility payments is necessary to continue to operate the City. As such, The City will move forward with scheduled disconnections as they pertain to the current billing cycle, which closed at the beginning of March. This includes those accounts that were scheduled for disconnection on March 16, 2020. Moving forward, the City does intend to look at disconnections on a case by case basis each billing cycle as this pandemic continues to progress. Elderly Citizens, medical emergencies and those out of work as a result of COVID-19 and are in need of an extension, please contact City Hall at 337-893-8550.
We acknowledge the burden this crisis has on the Citizens of Abbeville and this is a difficult but necessary decision. We are actively working with City and State officials as well as other municipalities on a daily basis to make the best decisions possible in managing this unprecedented situation. We are actively looking for resources to aid those in need and we have no intention to further the economic burden on the members of our community whose circumstances have been altered due to COVID-19. The City will waive applicable “late fees” for this month’s billing cycles. “re-connect fee” may be waived when the account is reconnected.
Citizens can pay utilities at the Kiosk or drive through at City Hall or online at cityofabbeville.net. For more information, call City Hall at 337-893-8550.