To qualify for the low income discount, the Application for Low Income Discount needs to be completed and turned into City Hall along with verification of income. All household income must be reported, including that of the spouse or co-tenant. The total income cannot exceed fifty percent of the median family income based upon the number of residents in the household. The median family income amount is provided by HUD each year. The current income limit for 2018 for a one-person household is $22,750, for a two-person household it is $26,000, and for a four-person household the limit is $32,500.
If the application is approved, the current monthly discount is $5.75 off the water portion of the bill and $13.00 off the sewer portion of the bill. Applicants may also request a reduction in garbage service of one 32-gallon can emptied every other week. The discount for reduced garbage service is 50 percent of the minimum monthly garbage charge (currently a discount of $8.58 per month). If weekly service is required, no other discount is allowed.
Once the application is approved, if circumstances improve and you no longer qualify for the discount you must contact City Hall immediately. If a violation is determined, the customer will be required to repay the amount of any discount along with a penalty of 20 percent.
The Application for Low Income Discount and income verification must be provided each year in order for the discount to remain in effect.