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You could qualify for help to pay your utilities bill

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The Benton Franklin Community Action Committee says they are looking to help more people pay their power bills. The money is designated for low income households, but you may be surprised as to who qualifies.

Action Committee members say they received extra money from the stimulus package and are encouraging people to apply. All you have to do is meet a certain income guideline.

If you are approved, a credit will be applied directly to your utility bill. Households can get anywhere from $25 to $1,000 dollars a year, with the average about $450.

Department director, Tracy Diaz says the program is designed to keep families warm in the winter, but now that there is left over money you can also use it for your summer bills.

"Even though the weather is nice and it's warm, you're not thinking abut the cold. We encourage them to come in and apply for it and then utilize that credit and maybe save some of it when their bill is high." Said Diaz.

Diaz says there's still over $400,000 that needs to be distributed. If the money is not used by the end of September, it will go back to the federal government.

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