Columbus waiving penalties on utility bills for furloughed federal workers

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COLUMBUS — The Department of Public Utilities will waive penalties for any furloughed federal employees living in Columbus who are unable to pay their city utility bills, Mayor Andrew J. Ginther announced Friday.

“Federal employees should not face penalties and potential loss of basic services like water because the federal government cannot work together to pass a budget,” Mayor Ginther said. “We will do our part to support families during this difficult time, but I call on the President and Congress to reach a resolution and reopen the government.”

Furloughed workers needing assistance can call (614) 645-8276 or visit the walk-in payment office located at 111 N. Front Street.

They will also need to bring proof of employment, such as a pay stub or an employee ID badge.

Ginther says a continued shutdown could affect different programs and delay city projects funded by Community Development Block Grants.