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Longmont CAReS Program Starts April 1

Post Date:03/29/2019 9:40 AM

Longmont residents who need help paying their bills can apply for rebates from the City of Longmont beginning on April 1.

The City has created a new program called Longmont CAReS (Longmont City Assistance and Rebate System) that merges several City rebate programs under one umbrella. By visiting LongmontColorado.gov/LongmontCares, eligible residents can apply for several rebates by filling out one form.

For many years, the City has offered a handful of ways for low-income residents to save on their expenses. Those options include a property tax/rent rebate, a park and greenway maintenance fee rebate, a water bill rebate, an electric bill discount, and an electric life support discount. But it required that applicants fill out one form for each rebate. The new Longmont CAReS system reduces the amount of paperwork and now residents can fill out one form to be considered for the various rebate programs. 

Now, the City is adding the grocery sales tax rebate to the list of options. In March, Longmont City council approved the creation of a grocery sales tax rebate for residents that meet eligibility requirements. The grocery tax rebate program's eligibility are based on income guidelines used to determine whether people qualify for Boulder County's Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP).

WHAT ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE?
The City of Longmont offers rebates to income-qualified residents for:

  1. The City portion of property tax paid in the previous year or 20% of average monthly rent paid by the applicant during the preceding year
  2. The Park & Greenway Maintenance Fee paid by the applicant during the preceding year
  3. $4 for each month the applicant paid an electric bill to the City of Longmont in the preceding year
  4. The monthly service charge for water paid to the City of Longmont in the preceding year
  5. A new grocery sales tax rebate of $78 for one person, $156 for two people in the same household who file taxes together, and $204 for three or more people in the same household who file taxes together

WHO QUALIFIES?
If you receive LEAP, SNAP, SLMB, 104PTC, USDA’s free lunch, or other income-qualified assistance, you are eligible for City of Longmont assistance. The amount of the rebate is based on your income and expenses. For a complete list of qualifying programs and more information visit LongmontColorado.gov/LongmontCares.

HOW IS ASSISTANCE PROVIDED?
All rebates you qualify for will be issued as a credit on your utility bill or as a check if you do not pay utilities to the City. You will receive a letter with the types and amount of assistance for which you qualify. Please allow up to 30 days to process your application.

HOW DO I APPLY?
To apply for City of Longmont Assistance, apply online at LongmontColorado.gov/LongmontCares.

Or, visit these City facilities:

  • Longmont Senior Center, 910 Longs Peak Avenue
  • Longmont Youth Center, 1050 Lashley Street
  • Longmont Utility Billing Window, 350 Kimbark Street

Or, download and mail your application to:

  • Longmont CAReS
    350 Kimbark Street
    Longmont, CO 80501

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