Proclamation and Declaration of Emergency
The City of Safford is working closely with the Arizona Department of Health Services, Graham County Department of Health, our public works departments, and the Centers for Disease Control, in disseminating information on the coronavirus. This includes information how it spreads and how to protect yourself and family from the virus. Additionally, City of Safford departments are following established protocol and using appropriate precautionary measures in providing services to our residents and businesses.
Safford City Council Continues Community Support Efforts
At Monday, April 13’s City Council meeting, the Safford City Council approved an additional $240,000 in continued relief to support area residents and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic. A significant portion of the discussion focused on extending utility bill relief programs that were already in place and, in some cases, creating new ones. Items discussed and approved included:
Council agreed to a 10% discount to residential utility bills due in May, which would result in savings to customers of approximately $40,000.
Council also added a new program that will provide a 20% discount to all commercial customers for utility bills due in May and June. Total savings resulting from this discount will be approximately $100,000 per month.
In addition, the deadline for the payment of utility bills was extended from Tuesday, April 14th until Monday, April 20th. This was in addition to a two-week extension that had already been applied to customer bills due in March. Before the deadline has passed, customers experiencing difficulty making the payment due to the effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic can contact the billing office to setup a payment plan and avoid disconnection.
Council also agreed to institute a program that will waive late fees for individuals that receive their social security checks after the 20th of the month, the day utility bill payment is due. Participants will be required to utilize automatic payment to receive the waiver.
During the meeting it was also decided that the City will continue to provide a one-time $10 discount, through April 30th, to customers that enroll in autopay; automating the payment of utility bills and removing the need to for customers to appear in person, mail a check, or manually pay online.
Council also approved a business license fee waiver ($50), that will extend to the end of Fiscal Year 2021 (which ends June 30, 2021). During that time, City businesses will be allowed to waive their business license fee requirement one-time.
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