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Maryland Bay Restoration Fund fee

Maryland Bay Restoration Fund fee

The City of Hagerstown and the Washington County Community Action Council recently announced a program that will exempt income eligible owner-occupied properties from the Maryland Bay Restoration Fund Fee of $7.50 per quarter, which is included in the water and sewer bill.
"The fee of $30 for the Maryland Bay Restoration Fund can be a hardship for families on a fixed income," stated David Jordan, Executive Director of the Washington County Community Action Council (CAC). "Therefore, the City of Hagerstown and CAC applied to the State to begin an assistance program."
Individuals who are property owners in the City of Hagerstown must meet at least two of the criteria to be eligible for the program. The criteria include receiving an energy assistance subsidy from the Maryland Office of the Home Energy Programs (OHEP) through CAC; receiving public assistance--supplemental Social Security Income (SSI) or food stamps; receiving Veterans or Social Security disability benefits and household is at or below poverty income guidelines for Maryland Energy Assistance Office. Applicants must provide proof of identification, residency and ownership and income for all household members.
The property owner will be certified for twelve (12) months starting July 1. Individuals may apply all year round.
"We are very proud to be partnering with the Community Action Council on this program," stated Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II. "We estimate about two hundred households will apply and qualify for the exemption for fiscal year 2007."
Individuals who would like more information may call the Washington County Community Action Council at 301-797-4161.







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