Utility helpers raise funds


Local News

May 19, 2020 - 10:40 AM

Iola City Council members voted to give customers 15 days to pay their utility bills after the governor’s prohibition on utility shutoffs expires Friday.

A crowdfunding campaign hopes to help some Iolans pay their delinquent utility bills when a moratorium on shutoffs ends June 1. 

Humanity House is working to raise $10,000 to help Iolans pay past-due utility bills. So far, the effort has raised $4,000.

“There are far more consequences to being without utilities than most people realize,” Humanity House’s Georgia Masterson said. “You can be evicted for not having utilities. Not having utility service is grounds for being reported to child services.”

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