The city of Durango is accepting applications for two programs designed to provide financial assistance for low-income families and individuals.
The first program gives a refund of $95 to $145 on city utility bills for homeowners who owned a home within city limits for at least 10 months in 2008 and were living in the home as of Dec. 31, 2008. The maximum income allowed to receive a refund is $20,376, but the amount of the refund varies with the amount of household members and income level.
The refunds are issued only for city utilities such as water, sewer and trash and do not apply to electric or gas bills paid to private utility companies.
In 2007, 30 households received utility refunds of approximately $2,200.
The second program is a food-tax rebate program that is open to more residents because it does not require homeownership, only city residence for the entire 12 months of 2008. Rebates also are issued on a sliding scale based on the number of household members and income, and the rebates range from $50 for an individual making $20,800 to $144 for a family of four or more with a maximum income of $29,700.
For 2007, 93 individuals or families received rebates totaling $5,300.
The deadline to apply for the utility refund is May 15, and the deadline for the food-tax rebate is June 30. Applications for both city programs are available at City Hall and the Durango/La Plata Senior Center as well as the city's Web site at www.du
More information is available by calling the city's accounting department at 375-5037.