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Brunswick launches utility bill discount program for low-income residents [Free]

A new utility discount program will help low-income Brunswick County residents get a break on their water and sewer bills. (Port City Daily/File photo)

BRUNSWICK COUNTY — Low-income residents may be eligible for a new utility discount program in Brunswick County.

Monday, Brunswick County Commissioners approved a new utility discount fund, the Brunswick County Low to Moderate Income Water and Sewer Utility Assistance Program.

Commissioners delegated $200,000 to the fund which will be administered to eligible applicants until funds are exhausted. The discount will not exceed the amount due per bill.

Eligible households must have an annual household income equal to or less than 130% of the federal poverty level, own property valued at $110,000 or less, and have less than $2,200 in assets. For a household of four, an annual gross income of less than $33,475 would be eligible.

Applications must be submitted annually.

Moving forward, the county plans to implement a new funding mechanism, the Round Up Contribution Program, in which utility customers would opt to round up their bills. This would provide another source of funding for the utility discount program outside of the county’s general fund.

Note: Information on how to apply will be included when it becomes available.

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