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It shall be unlawful for any person to use a defective or incorrect gas, electric, or water meter and thereby extort from any person, pay for more gas, water, or electricity than is actually used or consumed. The Board of Commissioners shall have power to appoint an inspector of meters for the city who shall have the right to inspect any and all meters of whatsoever kind in use in the city on request by the party using the same and the inspector shall have the power to condemn any meter of whatsoever kind that may be defective or incorrect. Any meter so condemned shall be immediately removed by the person who is the owner thereof and replaced by a correct meter and the expense of examination of same shall be paid by the offending person.
('83 Code, § 51.03) Penalty, see § 51.99