Harrison water bills will be due on the 20th day of each month, and no longer the 15th day of each month.

The change will begin next month it was announced during city council committee meetings Thursday night. The council authorized the change last month at the request of a customer.

Laura DeWald, sister of council member Linda DeWald, asked the Harrison City Council for relief by providing city water customers more time to pay their water bill.

Addressing members of the council's Finance Committee last month, the water customer said she is "old-school" and prefers to pay her bill by check rather than by automatic bank withdrawal or via the Internet.

She said she often forgets to pay the bill because the time between receiving the bill and the time to pay before being charged a late fee is only five or six days. She said her other utility bills have a longer length of time before they are due.

Water bills that include sewer and trash pickup fees are due on the 15th of the month.

City Finance director Luke Feighert noted that the city used to have a collection due date on the 10th of the month and then moved it to the 15th. Feighert suggested moving the due date to the 20th.

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