York City extends sewer amnesty program

Logan Hullinger
York Dispatch
York City Mayor Michael Helfrich speaks briefly as about 100 people gather in Continental Square in peaceful protest for George Floyd, to remember those who have died at the hands of police and to celebrate the communication experienced throughout the week between community members and officials in York City, Friday, June 5, 2020. Dawn J. Sagert photo

York City  Mayor Michael Helfrich on Monday announced the city's sewer amnesty program is being extended.

The program, which is now slated to last through July 24, offers a one-time, 100% forgiveness option to those who are at or below the federal poverty line and owe $250 or more in sewer and refuse bills.

For example, a family of three with an annual household income of $21,330 or less would qualify under the federal standard. 

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There were 52 individuals last week who chose that option, with the city forgiving about $250,000 in debt. 

A second option offers 50% forgiveness for any individual who owes more than $250 — regardless of household income.

A third option offers a 120-month payment plan with 25% off the total money owed. The city was able to put 49 individuals on the payment plan, which would bring in $248,000 over the 10-year period.

Those interested should call 717-849-5223 or email amnesty@yorkcity.org. In-person appointments are available.

— Logan Hullinger can be reached at lhullinger@yorkdispatch.com or via Twitter at @LoganHullYD.