Section 27-25 CASH program.
Prior to the adoption of Ord. 18270 on 10/04/2004, Section 27-25 read as follows.
(a) The CASH program is established to assist eligible senior citizens and disabled
paying utility bills and to assist eligible senior citizens in making utility related emergency home
(b) City utility customers may specify amounts they wish to contribute
to the CASH program
and have such amounts charged on their utility bills. Contributions to the CASH program shall
be accounted for separately.
(c) To be eligible to receive assistance as a senior citizen,
an individual must be a least 60 years
old. To be eligible to receive assistance as a disabled person, an individual either must be
currently receiving income based on disability status (for example social security disability
payments) or must be totally unable to work because of a physical or mental impairment as
documented by a health care professional.
(d) An individual must meet the following guidelines to be eligible
to receive assistance under
the CASH program:
(1) The individual must be a City electric
utility customer and the utility account must be in
the individuals name.
(2) The individuals household income
must be at or below 150% of the federal
governments poverty guidelines.
(3) The individuals other resources
must be exhausted.
(e) Assistance in paying utility bills is subject to the following
(1) The individual seeking assistance
must be without utility service or the individuals
utility service must be due for disconnection.
(2) Payments may be made only for electric,
, heating fuel
or utility deposit.
Payments for utility deposits shall be made no more than one (1) time per household and shall be
for a maximum of seventy-five dollars ($75.00). Payments shall not be made for fees of any kind
including disconnection fees and reconnection fees.
Heating and cooling bills shall have priority
over other types of utility bills.
(3) No more than
three hundred fifty dollars ($350.00) six hundred dollars ($600.00)
be paid in assistance for any individual in any twelve (12) month period.
(4) Disabled individuals are only eligible
for the amount of assistance needed to avoid
disconnection, for reconnection or for a deposit. Senior citizens may apply for the annual
maximum amount regardless of their account status.
Assistance in making utility related emergency home repairs shall be limited to senior
citizens who own and reside in the home where the repairs are made. Assistance shall be limited
to repairs of existing heating, cooling, water or sewer systems. Assistance shall not be available
for purchase of new units.
) Determinations of eligibility and the amount of assistance to be granted to
be made by the director of health services or the directors designee, whose determination shall
) The director of health services is authorized to establish rules and regulations
implementing the CASH program.
(Ord. No. 16630, § 1, 10-2-00)