City justified in charging late fees on overdue accounts

The only thing we question about the city’s decision to charge late fees on some overdue accounts is this: What took you?

And, maybe, whose been “taking” us, we the taxpayers these many years.

Earlier this week we reported that the City of Minot is proposing to charge late fees on overdue accounts while developing formal policies for extending credit to commercial haulers.

The Minot City Council, acting as the Committee of the Whole Wednesday, voted to recommend the city begin on April 1 to impose a monthly interest charge of 1.75 percent on all accounts, including commercial landfill accounts, that are more than 30 days past due. Also effective April 1, the proposal is to terminate any commercial landfill use privileges on accounts more than 60 days overdue. Reinstatement of privileges would require full payment of money due.

Mayor Chuck Barney’s quote sums up our point; we couldn’t say it better.

“If we are offering credit with the taxpayers’ money, we need to have the opportunity of getting that back with some interest,” the mayor said.

Yes, the City of Minot is by no means a bank. In fact, the city needs to – fairly – collect revenue any place it can to help offset expenses.

As to our second point, it would be interesting to see which customers of the city have been the biggest abusers of the city’s good nature in past years.

Finally, City Manager Tom Barry said staff will seek to develop a uniform payment agreement that lists consequences for failure to pay.

Good. A clearly written (again, fair) policy seems like it is, well, past due.

The new administration seems to be taking care of yet another inherited issue, so well done to all involved in making this decision.