New program for discounted utility rates in Everett

Bonnie Johnson - Thursday, June 29, 2017
New program for discounted utility rates in Everett

The City of Everett is beginning a new program for discounted utility rates. This is a pilot program and separate from the current one in place in that one doesn’t need to be disabled or above the age of 62 to qualify. As an added bonus, you do not need to own the property, you simply need to reside there.

The City of Everett website details the criteria to qualify as the following: you must have a direct water connection, live within city limits, have received a disconnect notice and have a total annual income less than or equal to 125% of the federal poverty level. This final determination can be made by checking out this page here at the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation.

The specifics of the plan are still being ironed out, but the City expects to have the program implemented by mid-July of this year. As it is presently outlined, those who qualify can reasonably expect up to $200.00 per annum towards their water bill, which is approximately the cost of two months of billing. Customers can expect to reapply annually, though it’s important to note that the federal poverty guidelines and thresholds change each year, and you may not qualify every time.

Currently, you may apply for discounted rates if you are a senior citizen or disabled and living on a ‘limited income’. To view what qualifies as ‘limited income’ please visit this page, which includes not only the qualifications for income in Everett, but the following districts: Alderwood, Arlington, Edmonds, Gold Bar, Granite Falls, Lake Stevens, Lynnwood, Marysville (water/sewer/garbage + tax rebate on utilities), Monroe, Mount Lake Terrace, Mukilteo, Snohomish, Stanwood, Sultan and Silverlake. Also look it over for generic programs, like phone service and Puget Sound Energy assistance.

After reviewing the spreadsheet for your region, and/or you are able to confirm your age or disabling condition with the City of Everett, please review the final rules. You must own and occupy a single family residence within the city limits, receive a water bill from the city, have an annual income under 35k and have a property tax exemption from Snohomish County.

For an application, visit the city at 3101 Cedar St in Everett, call them at 425-257-8999 or email them with your name and address. The email address is utilitybilling@everettwa.gov


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