The Roseville City Council voted Monday night to suspend all new registrations for the City’s Utility Rate Discount Program, effective December 10, 2013.
The resolution passed by the Council prohibits any new registrations for the program until such time that the program is redesigned in accordance with the City Council’s direction. It is expected to take approximately six months to research and design new program objectives and eligibility requirements, and then communicate those changes to residents.
Originally passed on April 27, 1970, the ordinance established reduced water rates for any residence in which the owner and head of household is receiving retirement survivors’ insurance or disability insurance under the social Security Act. Beginning January 1, 2004 the City Council expanded the ‘Senior Discount’ program to include single-family homeowners that are at or below federal poverty guidelines.
Currently the program does not feature means testing. However, recipients are required to sign an affidavit signifying that they are drawing social security or are at or below the federal poverty guidelines.