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Posted on: April 21, 2020

RELEASE: 20-030 - Mayor Jared Carr to request funding for electric bill assistance during COVID-19

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CITY OF LEBANON COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE

POINT OF CONTACT: Derek Gean

RELEASE: 20-030

VOICE: 417.991.2310

EMAIL: dgean@lebanonmo.org


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Mayor Jared Carr to request funding for electric bill assistance during COVID-19 pandemic


Mayor Jared Carr will be advancing a request to transfer $50,000 from City of Lebanon electric reserves to Missouri Ozarks Community Action Program, or MOCA, to help provide relief to qualifying customers during impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The mayor is expected to bring the bill before the Lebanon City Council at the May 11th meeting. The program would help provide qualifying customers with a one-time electric bill payment assistance. MOCA is one of the area agencies that already helps community members in need. By allowing them to manage the funding, MOCA can use their screening mechanisms to ensure the funding benefits customers needing the most assistance. The funding will be dedicated to Lebanon utilities customers.

“We know COVID-19 has hit our community hard and we want to do everything we can to ease the burden,” said Mayor Jared Carr. “One of the reasons we maintain reserves in the electric fund is to help provide a cushion during hard times and I am thankful we have the funding available to benefit our customers.”

If approved by council, this will be a second round of assistance provided to Lebanon utility customers. Mayor Carr announced in March that he was suspending utility disconnections during the pandemic and he also instructed utility staff to work with customers in creating affordable payment plans.

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