Some Fenton City residents could see relief in their water and sewer bills.
A $25 million Water Assistance Program by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and the Bureau of Community Action and Economic Opportunity (BCAEO) aids eligible water customers during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Eligible customers are any water and sewer customers who receive food assistance. Eligible dollars pay any arrearages up to $700 per customer starting in March 2020 through the end of December
2020. If there is no arrearage, those eligible customers will receive a 25-percent reduction in their water and/or sewer bill.
The city will provide the discount and the Water Assistance Program will reimburse the city.
Eligible residents will be found by the city partnering with the Genesee County Community Action Response Department (GCCARD) to share billing data. The GCCARD will match the data with the data base that includes people on the food assistance program. There will be a challenge in that the data GCCARD uses most successfully to match one account to the other is data the city does not have access to, which is a Social Security number.
Stephen Guy, director of the city’s water plant, recommended that the city enter into the data sharing agreement with GCCARD in order to help eligible customers with their water and sewer bills.