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Borough moratorium on shutting off electric service for non-payment during pandemic extended

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Middletown Borough Council May 19 extended to July 7 the current moratorium on shutting off electric service for non-payment, due to economic conditions brought on by the coronavirus.

The action to extend the moratorium to council’s first scheduled meeting in July was approved by 7-0 vote.

Council, however, took no action to extend beyond April a waiver on late fees added to electric bills. Council on April 21 had approved waiving the late fees for April, with any late fees paid before April 21 being credited to one’s account.

As a result, the late fee adding a 10 percent penalty to the delinquent amount of any electric bill not paid by the due date is back in effect as of May 1.

The electric shutoff moratorium has been in place since March 16.

Middletown is one of 34 municipalities in Pennsylvania, all boroughs, that provides electricity to its businesses and residents.

Council sets the electric rate and regulates the providing of electricity in the borough, as opposed to other municipalities served by private companies such as PPL and Met-Ed that are regulated by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.