Title 12 WATER AND SEWERS*
Chapter 12.18 LOW-INCOME UTILITY RATE REDUCTION
As used in this section, the following words shall have the following
“Eligible persons” means residents who qualify as low
income responsible for the direct payment of their water, sewer, and garbage
bills to the city.
“Low income” means an individual or family
whose total income is at a level of fifty percent or less of the median family
“Median family income” means an annual median income for
Cowlitz County as provided by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
(Ord. 1207 § 2 (part), 2007: Ord. 1169 § 2 (part), 2005).
To qualify for a low-income utility rate, an applicant must satisfy all of
A. Total income of the applicant including that of his or her
spouse or co-tenant, does not exceed fifty percent of the median family income
based upon the number of residents in the household;
B. The applicant is the
owner or tenant of a residential dwelling responsible for payment of the utility
C. An application is submitted to the city attesting to the above
information and agreeing to repay the amount of any discount allowed if a
violation is determined, plus a penalty of twenty percent in excess of the
amount owing and agreeing to notify the city in the event of a change in any
circumstances applicable to this criteria. (Ord. 1207 § 2 (part), 2007:
Ord. 1169 § 2 (part), 2005).
Eligible persons residing inside the city limits occupying residential
dwellings shall be eligible for a reduction of five dollars and fifty cents for
water and twelve dollars for sewer per month, provided they apply and are
qualified as low income. For eligible persons residing outside the city limits,
the discount will be calculated in the same manner as the water and sewer
services are calculated. (Ord. 1207 § 2 (part), 2007: Ord. 1169 § 2