If you live in Farmer City and your son or daughter is guilty of vandalism, you'll be asked to pay restitution. If you don't, the city wants to add it to your power bill. And, if you can't pay that, it's lights out.
"The million dollar question is, 'Can we do it?'"
The answer is "maybe," because the city owns its own power plant, which puts it in charge of the bill.
If the kid is found guilty then the town adds the restitution to the electric bill because the town owns the electric company. Either that or put a lien on the house which probably isn't worth much anyway. Maybe a better way is to set it up as such to force the house into foreclosure.