Safford announces utility billing discounts

Jon Johnson File Photo/Gila Herald: The city of Safford continues to assist those impacted by the COVID-19 epidemic.

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SAFFORD – With the recent announcement by Governor Doug Ducey that further restricts business activities in our communities as of 5 p. m. Friday, March 20, the city of Safford is continuing to explore opportunities to assist those in our community who are being impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 emergency.  The city will be instituting a program that will provide a 10 percent discount for gas and electric utility bills for the month of April to all customers including commercial accounts.  The Safford City Council will discuss additional opportunities to assist our residents during these trying times.

Utilizing the budget experience of Assistant City Manager John Cassella, city staff developed this recommendation by analyzing the ongoing capital expenditures and concluded that simply slowing down this program we can afford this reduction for a limited period.  It was determined that implementation of the proposed discount program, for a limited period, would not have a significant impact on the city’s ability to properly maintain its capital program requirements.  It is the city’s hope that this program will provide some relief to residents during these very unusual and difficult times.

The city would also like to make residents aware that the city is continuing to provide ongoing services, despite restrictions that the current crisis has created regarding interpersonal contacts.  Residents should visit the city’s website often to stay current with any changes regarding service provision.  Furthermore, we are also providing additional links to other government agencies and programs that may also provide useful information to residents and the business community during the ongoing crisis.

The city of Safford website COVID-19 information emergency page can be found here.

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