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updated: 10/3/2012 9:46 PM

New system means more frequent bills for Mount Prospect residents

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Mount Prospect is ready to go live with its new utility billing system, which means residents can expect to receive bills twice as often.

Through the village's new billing software, which allows the finance staff to more fully automate the billing process, residents will receive bills monthly instead of bimonthly, as was the case under the previous system.

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Other changes made possible include reduction of the delinquency period from 90 days to 60 days.

There also will be a reduction in late fees for solid waste collection for multifamily units, from 20 percent to 10 percent, which matches the fee for single-family units.

Village trustees on Tuesday passed an ordinance amending the village code to reflect the changes.

"We're trying to save as much money as we can in this village and stay as efficient as possible," Trustee Steven Polit said.

"This is what good government is supposed to do."

Trustee Paul Hoefert said: "We are trying to save time and effort, and eventually that becomes real money."

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