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Vice Mayor hosts event for discount utility programs

Posted at 5:41 PM, Jul 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-08 20:41:20-04

Vice Mayor Regina Romero hosted the Menlo Park Community Resource Fair at the Community Resource Center earlier today to help eligible families access discount programs. 

The low-income programs at the resource fair can save residents up to 50% on their local public and private utility bills.

Tucson Water, Tucson Electric Power, and Environmental Services were at the resource fair to share information and sign residents up for their programs. The Tucson Department of Transportation Transit Services division was also present to help people purchase low-income passes. 

The City of Tucson Historic Preservation office shared information related to the Arizona Property Tax Reduction program. This initiative allows those in owner-occupied, non-income producing residential properties to sign up for a discount on property taxes if their home is considered a structure contributing to the historic neighborhood designation. 

“These programs are designed to make sure that seniors and families on a fixed income are not disproportionately impacted by utility fees,” said Vice Mayor Romero. “Yet too often the folks that need a little extra help just don’t know how to get it. This event is really about connecting residents to their local service providers, and educating the community.”

The resource fair was organized in response to concerns from Menlo Park residents related to rising utility costs and increasing property taxes. Although the event was planned for Menlo Park residents, it was open to the public. 

“Sometimes rising property values and fixed costs can push longtime residents out of their traditional neighborhoods” said Council Member Romero. “We want to do all we can to support them.”

Those interested in receiving more information contact the Ward one office at (520)791-4040.