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WAPA DEPOSIT $1700

 
stefanova
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So, we are trying to get our business electric bill on our name. ...simple right.
First we had to pay a separate electrician $100 to do a load sheet and it took him a whole 3 minutes to do. (why isn't WAPA doing this)
Than we waited for over a week for further instructions from WAPA.
Today they gave us a call letting us know that we a small business of less than 500 square feet needs to give them a $1700.00 deposit in order to have the bill in our name, along with other mindless notarized paperwork (because business licenses and lease is not sufficient proof)
Is it just me that thinks that this is deposit amount is just insane and forget about being business friendly.
We work very hard in our business, we are not rich we are not even middle class. How are businesses to survive with this craziness. it truly makes me feel like WAPA is abusing their power.
oh this is hopeless.

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Topic starter Posted : April 4, 2012 1:10 am
stjohnjulie
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Crud... I am just starting the process of getting the WAPA bill out of my business's previous owner's name into mine. This doesn't sound promising 🙁 Although my husband is an electrician...so I guess I can save $100.

I've had trouble at every governmental agency throughout the transition. The local DLCA wanted me to put an & in between my partner and my name on the license instead of a , well....that is something in their system, I have no control over what is between our names on the license. So now we are at an impasse. Thank god I have paperwork showing it's paid for. Now if I could just get the paper we'd be all set.

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Posted : April 4, 2012 9:38 am
vicanuck
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Many employees at WAPA and within the government will do anything to retain their grip on the power they think they have via their patronage jobs. It must uplift them to know they can mess with peoples lives and livelihoods to such an extent. Heck, it seems they even screw their own kind without a second thought.

They know they initially have us by the short and curlies and couldnt care less about you, your business or anyone but themselves. On the flip side, once you jump through their ridiculous and ever changing hoops and get everything set up, its so easy to work around their inept and archiac systems and processes.

Just continue to force your smile and fake your politeness until the pain is over, then you can exploit the massive holes and shortcomings of their swiss cheese systems (or total lack thereof) and laugh about it all later.

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Posted : April 4, 2012 11:58 am
trainwreck82
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I wouldn't call that deposit crazy. I ran a small cafe on STT for a while around the same size as what you're describing and if we used A/C we routinely exceeded that amount on our monthly bills.

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Posted : April 4, 2012 1:50 pm
Linda J
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I must agree with trainwreck. The deposit is porbably based on prior usage. We only had contact with the WAPA office twice, in 2003, when we went in to have power put into our name (residential) and 2012, when we had it taken out. Both we simple and we have since received our deposit back. The linemen always did a good job.

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Posted : April 4, 2012 8:01 pm
stiphy
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I don't think $1700 is that high necessarily, you will probably see that in your bill. On the other hand it is ludicris that $1700 is not that high.

Sean

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Posted : April 5, 2012 11:17 am
stefanova
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I don't think $1700 is that high necessarily, you will probably see that in your bill. On the other hand it is ludicris that $1700 is not that high.

Sean

Our electric bill runs about $600-$700....but yes it is ludicris to think that 1700 is not high, that is where we live.
of course if itsn't coming out of your childrens mouth for some people that might seem like a fair amount.

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Topic starter Posted : April 5, 2012 7:18 pm
Linda J
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Commercial is different. What does the prior usage at the new location look like?

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Posted : April 5, 2012 8:00 pm
stefanova
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Linda,
It is commercial now and previously with similar wapa bill.

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Topic starter Posted : April 6, 2012 7:36 pm
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