Unread Meter Costs County Almost $10,000

By: AP
By: AP

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) _ An electric meter that stood at the Reno County Landfill for 15 years without ever being read has finally been noticed.

So now, the county must shell out almost $10,000 to make up for lost payments, although the figure would have been much more had the county paid for power recorded by the meter since 1993.

Records used by Westar Energy showed five meters at the landfill, while there was a sixth meter near the landfill's scale house. Westar spokeswoman Erin La Row cited "human error on our part'' for the snafu.

Contractually, the county said it had to consider only three years' of payments. Westar figured the cost for the shortened span would be about $14,000 but was willing to settle for around $9,600, and the county agreed.

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Information from: The Hutchinson News, http://www.hutchnews.com

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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