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Renters could pay higher utility deposits

A revision to the city of Cairo’s utility deposit policy could result in local renters having to pony up at a higher rate than homeowners.
Cairo City Manager Chris Addleton recently proposed to the city council a new deposit rate schedule that would impact local renters establishing a new utility account with the city.
Under the proposal being considered by the council, renters would pay a $200 deposit for an electricity account compared to $150 for homeowners; a $100 deposit for natural gas service compared to $75 for homeowners; and a $125 deposit for water compared to $100 for homeowners.
Addleton says landlords should not be penalized for renters who vacate rental property without paying all that is due to the city. At the same time, the city manager is attempting to make the deposits high enough to cover any unpaid for services.
“One of our biggest problems is with renters vacating a property and then establishing an account in someone else’s name.
Other minor changes to the policy are also being considered. A copy of the proposed new utility policy is available for inspection at the city manager’s office located inside City Hall.

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