Rapid City residents can apply for utility rate relief program

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Rapid City residential water and sewer customers can apply for relief on monthly utility charges through a decade-long program administered by the city's public works department.

The program, entitled the Utility Rate Relief Program, is based upon similar criteria used by the State of South Dakota for determining property tax freezes for senior citizens and people with disabilities.

Under the City's Utility Rate Relief Program, applicants must meet all of the eligibility criteria:

  • Be 65 or older OR be disabled as defined by the Social Security Act
  • Meet income criteria of $27,423.54 for a single member household or $34,279.42 for a multiple member household
  • Own, rent, lease or have a life estate in the property
  • The property must have a fair market value of less than $188,240.34
  • If the applicant rents or leases the property, the rent or lease must be less than $900/month for a single person or less than $1,200/month for a multiple income household.

The applicant must also physically reside at the property and the utility bill must be in the applicant's name. If qualified, the applicant's water and sewer collection rates will be reduced by 20 percent for a period of 2 years or until the renewal date established by the public works director.

For more information and an application, click here or call the city's public works department at 605-394-4165.

Information from the City of Rapid City

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