Sterling launches utility-support program – Shaw Local
Real – Just in time for the holidays, here’s a gift for the person who doesn’t have everything, and could probably use a little help.
The city has created a new program that allows people to pay another person’s sewer and garbage bills, the two utilities the city handles.
City Clerk Teri Sathoff said, “Galena has done this in the past, and it was just a networking event where we were talking, and we’ve just decided that we’re going to try it and see if our community benefits from it. No.”
“We wanted to launch it during the holidays, but you can pay at any time during the year,” she said.
People can choose to help people they know, or just donate to the cause and the city will help whatever it can.
The billing clerk keeps a list of families who are struggling to keep on top of their utility bills that could use a boost, Sathoff said, and “we also think that there are a lot of older people. who can benefit from it.”
Donors can request a gift form that will be given to the recipient with the payment amount, or payment can be made anonymously.
Donate in person at the office at 212 Third Avenue or over the phone by debit or credit card.
“I’m excited to see how it turns out,” Saithoff said. “We have a lot of families who are in need.”
To learn more, call 815-632-6630 or email [email protected]
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