Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 052557
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File Number: 052557 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-1272-05 Control: County Commission
File Name: PROGRAM TO OFFER DISCOUNTED WATER & SEWER RATES TO SENIORS Introduced: 9/2/2005
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 11/3/2005
Agenda Date: 11/1/2005 Agenda Item Number: 11A9
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE COUNTY MANAGER TO CONDUCT A FEASIBILITY STUDY AND ISSUE A REPORT ON THE IMPLEMENTATION BY THE MIAMI-DADE WATER AND SEWER DEPARTMENT OF A PROGRAM TO OFFER DISCOUNTED WATER AND SEWER RATES TO SENIOR CITIZENS AND DISABLED CITIZENS WITH INCOMES BELOW $25,000.00 PER YEAR
Indexes: SENIOR CITIZENS
  WATER AND SEWER
Sponsors: Sen. Javier D. Souto, Prime Sponsor
  Rebeca Sosa, Co-Sponsor
  Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 11/1/2005 11A9 Adopted P
REPORT: The Board of County Commissioners took action on this item on November 3, 2005.

Infrastructure and Land Use Committee 10/11/2005 3M Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation P

County Attorney 9/16/2005 Assigned Infrastructure and Land Use Committee 10/11/2005

Infrastructure and Land Use Committee 9/16/2005 3G Deferred to next committee meeting P

County Attorney 9/2/2005 Assigned Infrastructure and Land Use Committee 9/13/2005

County Attorney 9/2/2005 Assigned Angelique Ortega

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE COUNTY MANAGER TO CONDUCT A FEASIBILITY STUDY AND ISSUE A REPORT ON THE IMPLEMENTATION BY THE MIAMI-DADE WATER AND SEWER DEPARTMENT OF A PROGRAM TO OFFER DISCOUNTED WATER AND SEWER RATES TO SENIOR CITIZENS AND DISABLED CITIZENS WITH INCOMES BELOW $25,000.00 PER YEAR

BODY
WHEREAS, Miami-Dade Water & Sewer Department does not offer discounted utility rates to elderly and disabled customers like other utility companies within Miami-Dade County or like other water and sewer utility companies in most major cities throughout the United States; and

WHEREAS, Bell South provides a $13.50 discount off the monthly bill for Senior Citizens or disabled persons if the customer qualifies as needy based on eligibility for Medicaid or food stamps through the Lifeline program, which ensures that the basic telephone connection and service remain affordable to all residents of Florida; and

WHEREAS, Florida Power & Light offers emergency assistance to any customer in a crisis situation and unable to pay her or his electric bill by providing up to $350.00 in assistance to pay a household electric bill during any 12 month period through the Care To Share Program; and

WHEREAS, Florida Power & Light also offers the 62Plus Payment Plan, which matches the bill due date to the arrival of a social security, disability or other government monthly benefit check in order to assist residents on fixed incomes manage their bills; and

WHEREAS, the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania offers a 25% Senior Citizen Discount Rate on monthly water and sewer bills to residents who are 65 years and older, as long as the bill is under the customerís name and the customer meets an annual income rate; and

WHEREAS, the City of Atlanta, Georgia offers a 30% Senior Citizen Discount Rate on monthly water and sewer bills to residents who are 65 years and older, as long as the bill is under the customerís name and the maximum household income is $25,000.00 or less; and

WHEREAS, the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts offers a 15% Senior Citizen Discount Rate, not to exceed $90.00 annually, on monthly water and sewer bills to residents who are 65 years and older, and a 30% Senior Citizen Discount Rate, not to exceed $180 annually, on monthly water and sewer bills to residents who are 70 years and older; and

WHEREAS, the Cities of Tacoma and Seattle, Washington offer a 25% discount on monthly water and sewer bills and a 35% discount on their Solid Waste Utility to residents who are 62 years of age or disabled; and

WHEREAS, the City of Los Angeles, California offers a 15% discount on monthly water and sewer bills and garbage rates to residents who are 62 years of age or residents who are paraplegic, quadriplegic or afflicted with Multiple Sclerosis ; and

WHEREAS, this Board desires to study the feasibility of establishing a program of discounted utility rates for elderly and disabled customers,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that:

Section 1. The County Manager is directed to conduct a feasibility study of a establishing a program, administered by the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department, to offer a 30% Senior Citizen and Disabled Resident Discount Rate on monthly water and sewer bills, dating from January 2006, to residents who are 62 years and older or who receive disability income from the Social Security Administration, as long as the account and bill is under the customerís name and the maximum household income is $25,000.00 or less.
Section 2. The County Managerís feasibility study and report should include all of the following: (1) the number of persons within Miami-Dade County who would be eligible for the proposed program under the criteria set forth in Section 1 (the ďTarget PopulationĒ); (2) the average savings to the Target Population on a monthly and yearly basis resulting from the proposed program; (3) the fiscal impact to the County, and any affected departments, of the proposed program based on estimated participation; (4) proposed rules and regulations, including program application, for the proposed program; (5) the proposed method for maximizing the number of applicants and participants from the Target Population, and (6) any other recommendations of the County Manager regarding the proposed program.
Section 3. The County Manager shall provide this Board a written report on his findings no later than 60 days following the passage of this resolution.



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