The city is stepping in to provide some small relief for Tracy residents who are federal workers and either are not being paid or are furloughed.
According to a news release Tuesday, the city will help those residents with their water and solid waste bills.
“Effective immediately, the City of Tracy is offering payment arrangements to utility services customers who are federal employees facing financial hardship as a result of the partial government shutdown,” the release stated. “Upon providing proof of federal employment, customers may be eligible for removal/suspension of late fees and payment deferrals without charge or penalty. These accommodations are being offered in an effort to support the impacted federal employees in our community and ensure they do not experience an interruption in services.”
The issue was first raised publicly at the end of the regular meeting of the City Council on Jan. 15. Councilman Dan Arriola asked City Manager Randall Bradley whether there was anything the city could do to help workers affected by the weekslong partial shutdown of the federal government. Several other council members concurred. Bradley responded that it was within his administrative power to help residents with their utility bills.
People with questions about the city’s offer can reach the billing division of the Utilities Department at 831-6800.