Relief from utility payments is now available for residents of the city of Kodiak who have been financially impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. 

The Kodiak City Council voted last Thursday to approve a resolution establishing a utility relief program in which qualifying applicants are eligible for a one-time $500 credit. 

To be eligible for the program, utility customers must self-certify that they have been impacted by COVID-19 and need help paying for their sewer and water bills. 

The city will fund the $1.3 million relief program using money from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. 

“It’s extremely important that the city make these commitments to our emergency health response, including stepping up to help families and businesses who have been impacted during this pandemic,” said City Mayor Pat Branson.

“The city understands the economic hardships and burdens many families are facing, and this investment will allow us to continue to help people during these unprecedented times.”

Applications will be accepted until Dec. 4 at 5 p.m. The forms can be found online on the City of Kodiak website, or they can be picked up at the borough office.

All applicants must check the boxes self-certifying that they have an active water and/or sewer account with the city and that they are financially impacted by the pandemic. Documentation is not required. 

If a customer’s utilities are in a landlord’s name, they may not apply. Landlords can only apply for one account. However, tenants listed on individual accounts on or before Oct. 1 as being responsible for the utility billing are eligible to apply. 

According to the city’s application, economic hardships include loss of employment, closure of a business, decrease in business, inability to find work or incurment of expenses related to the pandemic. 

This is the second time the city has approved a utility relief program. The first program eliminated late fees on utility payments, reduced utility payments for partially open businesses and eliminated payments for closed businesses forced to shut because of the pandemic for February, March and April bills.  

 

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