Section 27-25 CASH program.
Prior to the adoption of Ord. 16630 on 10/02/2000, Section 27-25 read as follows.
(a) The CASH program is established to assist eligible senior citizens and disabled persons
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
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
(e) Assistance in paying utility bills is subject to the following limitations:
(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, gas, water,
sewer, heating fuel or utility deposit.
Payments for utility deposits shall be made no more than one 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)
shall 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.
(f) Assistance in making utility related emergency home repairs shall be limited
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.
(g) Determinations of eligibility and the amount of assistance to be granted
to applicants shall
be made by the director of health services or the directors designee, whose determination shall
(h) The director of health services is authorized to establish rules and regulations
the CASH program.