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Governor allocates millions for utility relief

11 November 2020 Covid19 Luray/Page County Shenandoah County Front Royal/Warren County Winchester Frederick County Clarke County News

Gov. Ralph Northam recently announced the allocation of $60 million in CARES Act funding to support municipal utility relief efforts in Virginia during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Combined with Northam’s proposed budget amendment to provide $60 million for jurisdictional utilities, the state is directing a total of $120 million for residential and non-residential utility customers impacted by the ongoing public health crisis.

The $60 million municipal utility relief program will be administered by the Department of Housing and Community Development and the Department of Accounts. The program will allow counties and cities to apply to set-up smaller, locally administered relief programs, which will support customers’ bill payments and assist with outstanding debt.

The program application and eligibility criteria for counties and cities and their municipal utilities will be available in the coming weeks. For more information about the program, visit dhcd.virginia.gov/utilityrelief.

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