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March 31, 2004

Albany - Some Albany senior citizens won't be hit with late fees on their utilities bills, thanks to Albany's new mayor. Water, Gas, and Light customers 65 or older can now be late on two payments a year and not be charged a $25 overdue fine. But the seniors must have a yearly income of $15,000 or less.

"They will not pay for their medicines to pay their utility bills," said WG&L spokesperson Lorie Farkas. "Many of them lived through the Great Depression and know what it's like to have nothing. It's my age and younger that sometimes have their priorities misplaced, so I think anything we do to help senior citizens is a wonderful move in the right direction."

Mayor Willie Adams suggested eliminating the late fees during his campaign, and Wednesday morning the WG&L Board agreed. 2,700 WG&L customers are 65 or older.

Posted at 3:46PM by kathryn.murchison@walb.com