The Budget Billing program establishes an equal monthly utility payment, creating budgetary control for DPU customers. The only requirements are that the account balance is zero when joining the program and that the customer has lived in the same place for at least twelve months. The Budget Billing year starts in August and settles up in July.
When joining Budget Billing, the monthly payment is determined by totaling the previous year’s bills and dividing that total by 11. The resulting average amount will be billed on the August through June bills. Payments must be made on or before the due date shown on each month’s bill or the account will fall out of the Budget Billing program.
In July the utility bill reflects a settlement amount, indicating overpayment or underpayment throughout the Budget Billing year. Budget Billing members only pay for the services and commodities used during the Budget Billing year. If there is underpayment, the settlement amount due will show on the July bill. If there is overpayment, the settlement amount credit will show on the July bill and the DPU will send you a check for that amount.
To sign up for Budget Billing contact your Customer Care Center representative.