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Notice: Only one month left to benefit from City’s utility tax rebate program

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There’s only one month left for low-income disabled persons and low-income senior citizens to apply for a utility tax rebate from the City of Federal Way. Applications are due April 30.

The rebate program, in existence since 2003, covers the City utility tax portion (7.75%) on gas, electricity, telephone, cell phones, pagers, garbage/recycling, and cable TV charges. This year, rebates are averaging approximately $125. Actual amounts vary depending on utility consumption. Taxes on wastewater/water charges, prepaid cell phones, and third party billers are not eligible.

“What’s not to like about this program?” asked City Administrative Services Director Bryant Enge. “You round up your utility bills, fill out a short form and get your utility tax dollars back. This simple program really makes a difference,” he said.

Requirements

Applicants must live within city limits and meet the federal government’s maximum allowable income limits: $30,000 for a one-person household, $34,250 for two, $38,550 for three, and $42,800 for four-person families. Required documents include a tax return or bank statements, and customer utility bills.

Low-income seniors must be 65 or older. Low-income disabled persons must establish disability status for all or part of 2010 by providing one of the following: proof of Social Security disability income, proof of supplemental security income or a physician’s disability certificate.

Applications are available for download at www.cityoffederalway.com by clicking on the ”Utility Tax Rebate Program” link at the top right corner of the homepage; for pickup at City Hall, 33325 8th Ave. S.; or can be easily mailed. For more information or to receive an application, contact Brook Lindquist at 253.835.2401.


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

March 29, 2011


MEDIA CONTACTS
Brook Lindquist
Executive Assistant to the City Council
253-835-2401


Chris Carrel
Communication & Grant Coordinator
253-835-2411

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