Low-income senior citizens are invited to take part in a program that will reduce their monthly bills.
The city of Leavenworth once again is offering a rebate program for qualifying individuals that pays their sewer and trash bills each month.
Residents must live in the city limits, be 62 years old or older, be the primary occupant of the residence and fall into one of several age and income categories.
For example, the total gross income of the applicant cannot exceed $28,000. For a household of eight or more people, the total gross income of the applicant cannot exceed $52,000. Several other eligibility categories fall in between those figures.
City Clerk Carla Williamson, who administers the program, said there are currently 183 people enrolled in the rebate program.
“I know there must be a lot of people out there who would qualify. They should take advantage of this,” she said.
Williamson said there is no limit or cap on the number of people who can take part in the rebate program.
Leavenworth resident Louise Charlton said she has participated in the program for several years.
“I love it. It helps me out a lot,” she said. “I am on a fixed income.”
Charlton complimented the city staff for guiding her through the application process and informing her of the details of the program.
“I would recommended this to everyone who is qualified,” Charlton said.
Senior residents interested in applying for the rebate program can visit the City Clerk’s Office at Leavenworth City Hall, 100 N. 5th St., through April 15.
Applicants should bring income verification for 2018 from all income sources, proof of age and a water bill.
For those who qualify for the rebate, the city will pay monthly sewer and trash bills.
Program participants will still receive a monthly water bill.
“It’s a simple application,” Williamson said. “It takes just a few minutes.”
Several locations offer assistance preparing income taxes, including the Leavenworth County Council on Aging, 1830 Broadway St., the Leavenworth County Clerk’s Office, 300 Walnut St. and Catholic Charities, 716 N. 5th St.
City clerk staff does not assist with completing tax forms.
To remain in the rebate program, residents must apply in person each year.
For transportation assistance, contact the Senior Citizen Transportation service at 913-684-0778.