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City Offers Break On Utility Bills For Some

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The city's Department of Utilities today unveiled its Utility Rate Assistance Program.

"This is the first time the city of Sacramento has been able to offer this program for our residents."

Jessica Hess is with the department. She explains that people with a low or fixed income can apply to save up to $72 a year on utility costs.
Those costs are going up because of recent water and wastewater rate increases. Customers will see a total increase of about $19 a month from their current bill by the year 2014.
The money will be used to help replace aging infrastructure.
"We have pipe in the ground that is between 70 and 100 years old throughout most of the older parts of town. We will be, over the next several years, rehabilitating the oldest of those pipes."
The city is using some of its taxes on utility enterprise revenues to help fund the new Utility Rate Assistance Program.
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