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A. Definitions.

1. “Low Income Household” means a household in which the total annual income is below the very low income level for the Seattle/Everett area as established and amended by survey from time to time by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.

2. “Senior Citizen” means a person 62 years of age or older.

3. “Disabled Person” means a person with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, such as walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, learning, performing manual tasks, caring for oneself, et cetera.

B. Payment Plan for Utility Connection and Capital Facility Charges allowed. Low-income households in which the principal financial resources are provided by a person meeting the above definition of a low-income senior citizen or a disabled person may apply to defer the payment of Utility Connection and Capital Facility Fees. The application shall be made upon forms furnished by the City and approved or denied by the Mayor or his/her designee. As a condition of approving such application, customers will be required to authorize or consent to a lien for the amount of the Utility Connection and Capital Facility Fees and such lien will be recorded with the County Assessor. Payment of the lien shall be required on the sale or refinance of the property.

A low-income senior or disabled person is required to annually re-qualify for the deferral program on a form designated by the Mayor or his/her designee. Should the program participant fail to re-qualify, payment of the Utility Connection and Capital Facility Fee shall be due and payable ninety days from written notice by the City.

Customers requiring services in excess of a five-eighths-inch single family residential service shall not qualify for a deferral of the Utility Connection or Capital Facility Fees regardless of income.

Appeals of the determination of the Mayor or his/her designee shall be to the Utility Hearing Examiner. The Hearing Examiner’s decision shall be limited to determining whether the applicant meets the qualifying criteria established by this ordinance. The decision of the Utility Hearing Examiner shall be final. (Ord. 1923, 1999; Ord. 2341, 2017)