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West Orange Times & Observer Thursday, Apr. 9, 2020 5 months ago

Oakland offering utility relief due to COVID-19

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Eligible residents can get assistance for a portion of their municipality bills.
by: Amy Quesinberry Community Editor

The town of Oakland is offering eligible residents relief on their utility bills due to the COVID-19 pandemic. An anonymous donor has made this program possible.

The COVID-19 Utility Assistance Program will help offset a portion or all of customers’ water, wastewater and garbage bills.

Residents must meet the criteria and submit an application. The town will reduce utility bills by up to $80. Once the initial utility reduction is made, new applicants will be a priority so the town can assist as many affected residents as possible.

This assistance is offered on a first-come, first-served basis and is subject to funding availability.

The following guidelines must be met to receive assistance:

• The applicant must have recently had a break in employment (through a layoff, furlough or temporary displacement) due to COVID-19.

• The applicant must be a residential utility customer of the town of Oakland.

• The property’s water/wastewater service must be through the town of Oakland.

• The property served must be occupied and used by the applicant as his or her principal residence during the period for which a reduced rate is applied.

• The applicant must not be delinquent in any utility payment owed to the town.

The applicant must complete a written application for the Town of Oakland COVID-19 Utility Assistance Program and must provide a copy of a notice for Reemployment Assistance (Unemployment Benefits) filed through the state of Florida.

The application form can be found online at oaklandfl.gov/922/COVID-19-Utility-Assistance-Program. Printed forms are also available in the flyer box outside Town Hall, 230 N. Tubb St.

Completed and signed applications can be submitted by e-mail to [email protected], placed in the side door mail slot at Town Hall or in the town of Oakland drop box at Town Center Circle.

Amy Quesinberry is the community editor of the West Orange Times & Observer and the Windermere Observer. She was born and raised in Winter Garden, grew up reading the community newspaper and has been employed there as a writer, photographer and editor since 1990....

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