The high price of oil forced a lot of folks to choose which bills to pay, and which ones to let lapse over the winter. Bangor Hydro Customer Operations Director, Kim Wadleigh, says the utility has already sent 46-thousand disconnect notices this year for unpaid bills. She says that’s several thousand more than were sent at this time last year. The dollar amount on the outstanding balances averages $4,000, that’s up from last year as well. Wadleigh says there are things folks can do to avoid having their power shut off such as contacting Bangor Hydro to set up a payment plan. They are saying that paying something is better than nothing. You can reach the Bangor Hydro Customer Service Line by calling 1-800-499-6600 or 947-2414.