Tahlequah Public
Works Authority
101 North College Avenue
Tahlequah, Oklahoma  74464
(918) 456-2564

Returned Checks

Checks presented as payment for utility charges shall be presented to the bank only one (1) time for payment.  If returned unpaid by the bank for any reason, Tahlequah Public Works shall notify the customer by a customary written notice, unless customer is past due, stating the amount of the insufficient check and the deadline for repayment to avoid suspension of services.  If customer is past due and a check is returned insufficient, services will be suspended without notice.

Only cash, cashiers check, or money order will be accepted at the time you pick up the check.

In the event a customer has two (2) returned checks in a twelve (12) month period, Tahlequah Public Works will notify the customer that further personal checks will not be accepted for the next twelve (12) month period.

Any customer paying an account that is on suspension notice with a returned check from any bank shall have utility service suspended immediately without further notice.

There will be a return check fee of $25.00 on any returned check because of insufficient funds, stop payment or any other related reason that causes the check not to clear the bank.  At the time of this payment please notify the office clerk that payment is for a returned check.  Failure to receive a notice will not exempt a customer from service suspension.

If a customer writes a check for meter deposits on a past due utility service and the check is returned to T.P.W.A. unpaid, service shall be suspended without further notice.


Returned Bank Drafts

If we receive notification from our bank your automatic draft will not clear, you will need to come into the office within 24 hours with CASH, MONEY ORDER or CASHIERS CHECK, if you cannot handle the issue immediately.  An additional $25.00 service charge will be added.

If services are disconnected, an additional $50.00 reconnect fee for each service will be required
to get reconnected, as well as an additional deposit of $50.00 for gas and/or electric, and/or $10.00 for water.

In the event any customer has two (2) returned drafts within a twelve (12) month period, the customer
will be removed from automatic draft.