Section 105-523; Ord. 18270; Amending Chapter 27 of the City Code as it relates to the CASH and HELP programs


Ordinance No.            018270                          Council Bill No.         B 330-04 A     


AN ORDINANCE

amending Chapter 27 of the City Code as it relates to the CASH and HELP programs; and fixing the time when this ordinance shall become effective.

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF COLUMBIA, MISSOURI, AS FOLLOWS:

    SECTION 1.  Chapter 27 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, Missouri, is hereby amended as follows:

    Material to be deleted in strikeout; material to be added underlined.

Sec. 27-25. CASH program.

    (a)    The CASH program is established to assist eligible senior citizens and disabled persons in paying utility bills and to assist eligible senior citizens in making utility related emergency home repairs.

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    (e)    Assistance in paying utility bills is subject to the following limitations:

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    (2)    Payments may be made only for electric, gas, water, sewer, 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) shall be paid in assistance for any individual in any twelve (12) month period.

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     (f)    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.

    ( gf)     Determinations of eligibility and the amount of assistance to be granted to applicants shall be made by the director of health services or the director's designee, whose determination shall be final.

    ( hg)     The director of health services is authorized to establish rules and regulations implementing the CASH program.

Sec. 27-26. HELP program.

    (a)    The HELP program is established to assist eligible families with children in paying utility bills.

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    (d)     Assistance in paying utility bills is subject to the following limitations:

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    (3)    No more than one hundred fifty dollars ($150.00) two hundred seventy-five dollars ($275.00) shall be paid in assistance for any individual in any twelve (12) month period. Assistance is available one (1) time per twelve (12) month period. There is a life time limit of five (5) times for assistance under the HELP program.

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    SECTION 2.  This ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after October 1, 2004.

    PASSED this 4th day of October, 2004.