A semi-truck went off the road and is blocking traffic at the bottom of West Bench Hill Drive just outside of Penticton. (Danah Phillips - Contributed)

A semi-truck went off the road and is blocking traffic at the bottom of West Bench Hill Drive just outside of Penticton. (Danah Phillips - Contributed)

Christmas ‘vacation’ for utility late fees in Penticton

Ongoing road closures have delayed the bills being mailed out

December is the season of giving and Penticton is providing its own gift of sorts to its residents.

The city of Penticton will be putting utility bills on a holiday as well for the month, due to the ongoing road closures delaying mail. As a result, there will be no penalties for late utility bills during December 2021.

“The holiday season is a time that can be stressful both emotionally and financially,” said mayor John Vassilaki in a release. “We want to provide our residents a small gift by way of giving our utility bill penalties a Christmas vacation so there’s one less thing to worry about this holiday season.”

Last month’s utility bill had been delayed in the mail due to flooding blocking connections to the Lower Mainland where the utility bills are made and mailed from.

READ MORE: Highway damage to delay utility bills and increase local traffic in Penticton

To find out the balance due on the utility bills, residents can either come in to City Hall (open from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday to Friday), phone the Utility Department at 250-490-2489 or email utilities@penticton.ca.

Residents can also view utility bills through the city’s online portal MyCity at online.penticton.ca/TDNL/MYCITY/.

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