Chapter 13.32
RATE REDUCTIONS1

Sections:

13.32.010    Definition of elderly persons.

13.32.020    Definition of disabled citizen.

13.32.030    Definition of low income.

13.32.040    Eligible housing.

13.32.050    Annual filing.

13.32.060    Application documentation.

13.32.070    Rate reduction – Qualification.

13.32.080    Utility rate reduction.

13.32.010 Definition of elderly persons.

For purposes of this chapter, “elderly persons” means those individuals sixty-two years of age, or older, on or before January 31st of the year of filing. Proof of age shall be required at the time of application. (Ord. 805 § 1 (part), 1987).

13.32.020 Definition of disabled citizen.

A “disabled citizen” means (i) a person qualifying for special parking privileges under RCW 46.16.381(1)(a) through (f), as now or hereafter amended; (ii) a blind person as defined in RCW 74.18.020, as now or hereafter amended; or (iii) a disabled, handicapped, or incapacitated person as defined under any other existing state or federal program, as now or hereafter amended. A doctor’s signed statement verifying the disabling condition may be required before the rate reduction is granted. (Ord. 974 § 1, 1993: Ord. 805 § 1 (part), 1987).

13.32.030 Definition of low income.

For purposes of this chapter, “low income” is described as follows:

A. Single Individual. The threshold income level for a single individual from all sources for the preceding calendar year shall be established by resolution. Income shall include earned income as well as retirement income, social security benefits, disability benefits, investment income, interest income, capital gains and net rental income from real estate. The threshold amount of assets a single individual may have, exclusive of one vehicle and the residence for which the application for utility rate reduction under this chapter is made, to qualify for low income status shall be established by resolution.

B. Married. The threshold income of a married couple from all sources for the preceding calendar year shall be established by resolution. Income shall include earned income as well as retirement income, social security benefits, disability benefits, investment income, interest income, capital gains and net rental income from real estate. The threshold amount of assets a married couple may have, exclusive of one vehicle and the residence for which the application for utility rate reduction under this chapter is made, to qualify for low income status shall be established by resolution. (Ord. 974 § 2, 1993: Ord. 805 § 1 (part), 1987).

13.32.040 Eligible housing.

At the time of application, the person making the claim must reside in the premises for which the utility rate reduction claim is made and the utility account shall be in the name of the person making the application under this chapter. The premises for which application is made must be located within the city limits of the city. Persons residing in federally subsidized housing are not eligible for utility rate reductions under this chapter. (Ord. 805 § 1 (part), 1987).

13.32.050 Annual filing.

Application for utility rate reductions pursuant to this chapter shall be filed annually in the form of an affidavit prepared by and provided to any requesting applicant by the Chelan city clerk. The affidavit shall be signed by the applicant or by his or her attorney-in-fact. The affidavit must be notarized. (Ord. 805 § 1 (part), 1987).

13.32.060 Application documentation.

The city clerk may request the applicant to provide documentation in support of the affidavit and the applicant shall provide the city clerk with any documentation requested prior to approval of applicant by the city clerk. (Ord. 805 § 1 (part), 1987).

13.32.070 Rate reduction – Qualification.

Low-income elderly and low-income disabled persons shall be entitled to the utility rate reduction defined in Section 13.32.060. The city clerk shall determine whether the applicant is qualified for a utility rate reduction under this chapter and shall provide written notification to the applicant of this decision. (Ord. 805 § 1 (part), 1987).

13.32.080 Utility rate reduction.

Applicants deemed qualified by the city clerk shall be billed for city water and sewer services at fifty percent of the normal utility rates for the services. (Ord. 805 § 1 (part), 1987).


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Prior ordinance history: Ord. 674 §§ 37 and 38.