Greenwood

GREENWOOD – One of the largest businesses in Greenwood is working quickly to reconcile a large bill they owe the village.

In late May, the Greenwood Village Board of Trustees notified Midwest Farmers Cooperative that a billing error on the village’s part resulted in a balance due of $30,274 for electricity.

Village Clerk Cheris Cadwell told the village board during their May 29 meeting that Midwest Farmers Cooperative was under-billed $30,274 from Oct. 26, 2016 to when the error was corrected in January of this year. Cadwell said she could only go back as far as 2016 to check the billing records.

The error came about as a result of a software program change, according to village officials, that did not bill customers when they were using over 20,000 kilowatts of electricity. Midwest Farmers Cooperative is the only customer using Village of Greenwood electricity that consumes that much electricity. Generally it is only during harvest when aeration fans and other equipment are being used, said Craig Schultz, chief operating officer for Midwest Farmers Cooperative.

Village board members agreed to contact Midwest Farmers Cooperative immediately after the May 29 meeting about the error. Board Member Matt Starr said he made attempts to do so in the two days following the meeting. However, the co-op was not aware of the exact amount they were under-billed until reading it in The Ashland Gazette, Schultz said.

“Obviously we were a little surprised, I guess,” said Schultz.

Schultz said co-op officials were not aware they were not being billed for usage over 20,000 kilowatts. Once they were alerted to the issue, Schultz said they reviewed records to confirm the amount the village said was still owed.

“Looking back through the bills we could see where the error was made,” he said.

Steps are being taken by co-op officials to make sure this does not happen in the future.

“It’s something we’re going to watch out for,” said Schultz.

Schultz said the co-op is working quickly to pay the bill because they want it done before their fiscal year ends in August.

“The biggest thing is we wanted to get this taken care of and cleaned up,” he said.

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