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Manteo commissioners pass relief plan for water and sewer bills

On a motion by commissioner Darrell Collins, the Manteo Board of Commissioners have approved a relief plan for those in town that cannot pay water and sewer bills due to the pandemic crisis.

The program is proposed to run during the declared emergency period and up to ninety days following expiration of the emergency declaration. There will be an application process designed to document eligibility with program requirements.

Under the plan, a Town of Manteo resident that has been impacted economically by the current COVID-19 declared emergency can apply for financial help to pay water and sewer bills.

The program will have a maximum value of $500 per household and the awards are grants, not loans. Awarded funds will not be paid to the applicant; instead, they will be paid directly to the Town of Manteo Water & Sewer Fund on behalf of the applicant.

The board had previously voted not to cut off water service to residents unable to pay their bills during the health crisis.

The relief program enacted at the May 6 meeting is expected to begin accepting applications within the month.

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