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Months ago, West Valley cities received more than $30 million in AZ CARES funds from the state (which were originally distributed by the federal government).

With thousands behind on bills to the point of getting shut-off notices, the city of Buckeye is putting a chunk of the $9 million it received toward helping residents pay utility bills.

At its Dec. 15 meeting, Buckeye City Council approved up to $500,000 in AZ CARES contingency funds for the utility assistance program.

The Utility Assistance Program will be managed by The Salvation Army.

According to the agenda packet, “The (Buckeye) Water Resources Department has seen a steady increase in the past due accounts meeting eligibility for disconnection of services over the past eight months, with just over 9% of our active accounts (2,368) eligible for shut-off of services due to non-payment.”

The program will allow qualifying Buckeye residents to utilize a one-time utility bill credit of up to $500.

Documentation is required to show low-income requirements are met, with applications submitted to The Salvation Army.