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(a) Exemptions from the operation of this chapter may be granted by the Director of Finance upon proper application to him or her made by citizens of the City who, in said application, can demonstrate that the payment of the waste collection fees herein provided for causes a financial hardship, and, further, that the full services provided pursuant to this chapter are not needed by said applicant. In accordance with Section 1060.06, the Department of Service shall make the necessary rules and regulations regarding the applications for said exemptions.
(b) Each citizen who files an application for exemption must attach a copy of the page from his or her U.S. Income Tax Return that shows his or her adjusted gross income for the tax year most recent in time to the time of the application for exemption and/or proof of all income for each household member.
(c) Upon receipt of a completed application with all required attachments, the City Manager or his or her designee shall determine the percentage of exemption to be allowed in accordance with the following schedule:
(1) Poverty level income plus additional income up to an additional twenty percent - full exemption.
(2) Poverty level income plus additional income over twenty percent up to thirty-nine percent - fifty percent exemption.
(3) Poverty level income over an additional thirty-nine percent of income - no exemption.
(d) For the purposes of this section, “poverty level income” means that amount of annual income determined to be poverty level as determined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and as published annually in the Federal Register.
(e) Annually, each approved applicant who has received an exemption hereunder shall be required to supplement his or her original application with a copy of that page of his or her U.S. Income Tax Return that shows his or her adjusted gross income for the previous tax year and/or proof of all income for each household member. The City Manager or his or her designee shall give written notice of the supplement requirement at least thirty days before the same is due for filing. Any failure to make said supplemental filing may cause the applicant to lose his or her exemption at the sole discretion of the City Manager.
(Ord. 21-99. Passed 11-15-99; Ord. 15-22. Passed 7-11-22.)