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Can a North Carolina City owned utility refuse to accept

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Can a North Carolina City owned utility refuse to accept cash payments as opposed the checks, credit cards, etc.? Thanks.
JA: What state is this in? And when did the issue begin?
Customer: North Carolina. Elected Board memebrs are proposing the utility no longer accept cash payments for utility service.
JA: Has anything been filed or reported?
Customer: No. They are considering a change in policy,
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: No. Thanks for your help.
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  N Cal Atty replied 5 months ago.

Thank you for your question.

My opinion is that such a policy would violate federal law:

31 U.S. Code § 5103 - Legal tender:

"United States coins and currency (including Federal reserve notes and circulating notes of Federal reserve banks and national banks) are legal tender for all debts, public charges, taxes, and dues. Foreign gold or silver coins are not legal tender for debts."

from https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/31/5103

I hope this information is helpful.