Crystal City gets electricity shut off over unpaid bills
John MacCormack: Express-News
By the time the summer heat becomes unbearable, some municipality in Zavala County is probably out of money. And while in years past, it was often the county government that ran short, this time it’s Crystal City.
Not paying its electric bill brought predictable results for Crystal City. Late last week, a $200,000 past-due bill owed by the city prompted Houston-based Direct Energy to cut electrical service to some city meters.
“It was a mistake. We never had a disruption in service. At no time was anyone in our city left without electricity or water,” she said Monday.
“We’re in the summer months. The budget gets pretty tight and we’re having financial difficulties. It’s pretty normal around this time of year,” she said.