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Highlands mistakenly stuck with $54K gas bill

Created: 03/03/2014 8:12 AM
By: The Associated Press

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico Highlands University is getting a refund after a software error led to the school being overcharged by more than $54,000.
    
The Las Vegas Optic reports that the school located in Las Vegas was overbilled for natural gas it receives from the city's distribution system.
    
School officials say a software conversion for four meters was transferred incorrectly, leading to the campus being charged $54,113.
    
Because of the large amount, university officials wanted a refund instead of account credit.
    
City workers learned of the mistake Jan. 9. Ken Garcia, city utilities director, had to formally request the refund from the Las Vegas City Council at a meeting Tuesday.
    
The council unanimously approved the adjustment.
    
The university's monthly gas utility bill is normally between $8,000 and $10,000.

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