The City of Bellevue has several programs to help low-income persons living within the service area of Bellevue Utilities. Check below to see if you qualify for any. For more information, please call 425-452-5285 or email UtilityRelief@bellevuewa.gov.
Utility Rate Relief
The City of Bellevue offers low–income seniors (62 and older) and low–income persons with permanent disabilities a discount on their basic utility costs for water, wastewater and drainage. Customers must meet specific residency and income guidelines.
Customers who are receiving home kidney dialysis treatments may qualify for a discount on the water and wastewater required to provide those medical treatments without an income requirement.
Utility Rate Discount
If you pay a Bellevue utility bill, you may qualify for a rate reduction on your utility bills. Applications for this program will be available after Feb. 1, 2020.
Utility Rate Rebate
If your utility costs have been paid through rent or another third party, you may qualify for a rebate check on prior year utility costs. Applications for this program will be available after April 1, 2020.
Utility Tax Relief
Bellevue’s Tax Relief Program offers a year-end rebate check for a portion of the utility occupation taxes paid to the City. This program is open to persons living in the service area of Bellevue Utilities that contribute to the payment of city utility services and meet low-income guidelines. Applications for this program will be available after Oct. 1, 2020.
Note: If you qualify for Utility Rate Relief, you automatically qualify for Utility Tax Relief.
Emergency Assistance Program
If you pay a Bellevue utility bill directly and are not eligible for the Utility Rate Discount Program, you may qualify for a 100 percent discount on a basic level of service (benefit not to exceed $280 per bill) for up to 2 bills (4 months) of utility service charges* if you are experiencing a one-time financial shock that interferes with your household’s ability to cover basic needs.
There are no age or disability requirements. Certain residency and income requirements must be met. This assistance is available to customer once every 3 years. Please call 425-452-5285 to schedule an appointment and request an application.
*Some charges, such as capital recovery charges, cannot be waived.