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CAC offering fuel-bill assistance

July 07, 2006

The Washington County Community Action Council (CAC) is offering energy-bill help to residents who meet income guidelines.

Households eligible for the Maryland Energy Assistance Program may receive one-time help with heating costs for any fuel source, according to a CAC press release.

Households eligible for the Electric Universal Service Program may receive a monthly credit for electric costs, according to the CAC.

For past-due bills, there also is an Electric Universal Bill Retirement Program for electricity accounts, and an Office of Home Energy Programs Gas Retirement Program for natural gas accounts.

The CAC and the City of Hagerstown jointly are publicizing an exemption of the $30-per-year Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund fee, or "flush tax."

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People who own property in the city must meet at least two of the following criteria to receive an exemption.

· Receive an energy assistance subsidy from the Maryland Office of the Home Energy Programs through the CAC.

· Receive supplemental Social Security Income or food stamps.

· Receive veterans or Social Security disability benefits.

· Have an income at or below poverty guidelines for the Maryland Energy Assistance Office.

"We estimate about two hundred households will apply and qualify for the exemption for fiscal year 2007," Hagerstown Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II said in a press release.

For information, call the CAC at 301-797-4161.

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