Ramsey renews billing contract

The city of Ramsey has renewed its contract with OPUS 21 to do the utility billing.

The council Jan. 8 unanimously approved a three-year contract, which includes two one-year renewal options, with the company.

In 2012, the city paid OPUS 21 $55,000 to do the utility billing for approximately 8,800 accounts, said Finance Director Diana Lund.

The new contract has a lower per account rate, approximately 5 cents per account, and the city is no longer paying a service for meter readings as the meters are now radio read, she said.

In 2013, the city expects to pay $53,000 for the OPUS 21 contract.

The city will also be saving about $8,000 to $10,000 a year in newsletter cost as the smaller January and July newsletters will be included in the utility bills instead of being mailed separately, Lund said.

The city’s current five-year contract with OPUS 21 expires Feb. 7.

Tammy Sakry is at [email protected]