Online Utility Exchange provides City of Gastonia credit and past utility information to determine the amount of the deposit required. Deposit amount depends on information furnished by Online Utility Exchange and can be waived if Online Utility Exchange qualifies the rating. If a deposit is required, this amount must be paid in full before utility service is supplied to the location. This deposit is non-transferable, non-interest bearing, and will not be considered as part payment of any bill where service is continued. Proof of ownership or a copy of your lease must also be provided at the time of application.
The City of Gastonia asks that individuals provide your Social Security number and business entities provide your federal tax identification number as a part of your application for utility service. The request for an individual customer’s Social Security number or an entity’s Federal Taxpayer Identification Number is authorized by Section 105A-3(c) of the North Carolina General Statutes. Individual Social Security numbers and business federal tax identification numbers collected by the City’s Billing and Customer Service offices may be used to check credit worthiness for purposes of establishing the amount of required deposit, to confirm identity of the customer, by means of matching the number with information found in the City’s databases, or to determine whether the customer qualifies for additional services such as payment arrangements or online account access. They may be released to the State of North Carolina for use in the Debt Setoff program or other governmental agencies or their agents. It may also be released to private debt collection agencies for the purpose of collecting debts owed to the City. Access to personal information such as identification, Social Security number and bank account information are only accessible by authorized City personnel for purposes outlined above and general account maintenance.
If any individual decides not to provide their Social Security number as part of your application, you will still be provided utility services. However, you will be required to apply in person, pay a deposit for utility services and certain services offered as a courtesy by the City of Gastonia, such as payment arrangements and online services, may not be available to you.
I hereby make application for utility services with the City of Gastonia/Two Rivers Utilities at the service location indicated above and certify that the information provided is true and correct to the best of my knowledge. In requesting utility service, I accept full responsibility for any charges, fees, penalties or other obligations incurred by this account, regardless of service location. I also agree to abide by all present and future rules and regulations of the City of Gastonia that may apply to my utility service.