I opened up the water bill, and there, for the first time ever, was a reported usage of 4,000 gallons; I’d never before used more than 3,000 in a month. The details revealed the most likely reason why: the readings, usually 30 days apart, were this time 36 days apart.
Okay, fine, no big deal. Then I look at the actual return slip, and the bill is about half what it usually is. I comb through the details again, and here are two adjacent lines:
REFUSE W/90 GA — $20.42
ADV REFUSE CHG — $40.84CR
They’re refunding two months’ worth of trash pickup? Why? Is this some form of atonement for still not having picked up the late-November storm debris?
Very late addendum: I had tweeted this mystery earlier today, and right before hitting the Publish button, I went back to check the feed. Lo and behold:
.@dustbury we are returning a deposit this month to all current customers that paid a deposit for trash service. pic.twitter.com/S3HLO5hzcB
— City of OKC (@cityofokc) January 9, 2016
Well, I’ll be durned.