Gas bill assistance available for seniors, disabled

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Last Updated on November 20, 2015 – 10:52 AM CST

Seniors who need assistance paying their gas bills during the winter months can apply for help through the the city of Dumas’ Citizens Assistance Program. The program is available to people 62 years old and older and those on 100 percent disability. To qualify, the person’s monthly income can’t exceed $2,083 or $25,000 per year.

Applications are available at the city’s utility office at City Hall. Please take proof of income, and return the application by Nov. 30 to begin assistance on the December billing. The program will pay up to $68 on the gas portion of the December, January and February gas bills.

Private donations fund the program, and much of it comes from utility customers who pay an addition dollar on their bills as a contribution. Organizations also donate, and on Monday, United Methodist Church donated $2,006 to the program. If anyone would like to donate, call the city’s utility department at 806-935-4101.