Chapter 27 UTILITIES*
Section 27-25 CASH program.
(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,
water, sewer 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.
(3) No more than six hundred dollars
($600.00) 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) 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
(g) The director of health services is authorized to establish
rules and regulations implementing
the CASH program.
(Ord. No. 16630, § 1, 10-2-00; Ord. No. 18270, § 1, 10-4-04)
(Ord. 18270, Amended, 10/04/2004, Prior Text; Ord. 16630, Amended, 10/02/2000, Prior Text)