Lovettsville May Defer Utility Payments for Furloughed Federal Workers

Thirty-three days into the federal government shutdown, the Town of Lovettsville could take action to help furloughed federal workers.

The Town Council will take a vote Thursday night on a proposal to authorize Town Manager Rob Ritter to defer water and sewer payments for residents affected by the shutdown until 30 days after the federal government reopens. Currently the payments are due Jan. 31.

The council also will consider waiving late fees and halt any service cut-offs for those residents. According to a staff report, the town has received two resident requests for extensions on their utility payments so far.

To be eligible for a deferral, residents would be required to provide the town staff with verification of their employment status via a pay stub or their federal or contractor work identification.

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