SYRACUSE -- City officials will aggressively push a move to replace a costly utility billing system with a more efficient electronic mechanism, which some staff hope could curb city expenses as much as $14,000 a year.
Stephen Marshall, city budget director, gave a presentation to the city council on the new billing emphasis, during a recent work session, and noted it currently costs the city 55 cents to generate a utility bill, while moving to an electronic format could cost as little as 10 cents a bill.
To make the change, residents will need to sign up for the new electronic format.
Mayor Jamie Nagle raised the possibility of hiring a temporary employee in 2012 to call residents to promote the signup, similar to much as staff did earlier this year when a green waste program was implemented.
If 40 percent of residents take part in the program, the city will save approximately $14,000 a year, according to Marshall.
City Manager Robert Rice suggested the ideal system for the city would be to bill electronically and be able to automatically withdraw the payment from registered residents as well. He pointed out other major utilities in Utah have already gone to a paperless system.