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City council approves utility assistance program

Certain Sweet Home residents can get some help on their utility bills, after council approved a Utility Assistance Program during the Nov. 13 meeting. Councilors approved a cap of $5 in assistance per month, after a motion for $10 of assistance failed.

The assistance program follows a September decision to raise rates. City Manager Kelcey Young said most people would see their bills increase about $3 to $5 a month.

Community members interested in applying for the assistance need to qualify as low income per the Linn County income limits. That's $44,550 for an individual, $63,600 for a famil...