Sec. 36-20.6. Exemptions.
Any person responsible for payment of the fees imposed by this section, and who personally pays for those services, and who has qualified for and is receiving benefits under the Social Security Administration's Supplemental Security Income Program for the Aged, Blind and Disabled (Title XVI, Social Security Act, as amended) shall be eligible for an exemption from the fee imposed by this section on service provided to such person's residential living quarters. However, if the aggregate gross income of all persons who share such person's residential living quarters exceeds twelve thousand dollars per annum, the exemption shall not apply. Only one such residential exemption shall be allowed to any person. Procedures and regulations applicable to this exemption are as follows:
(1) Applications for exemptions may be filed with the city at any time on forms approved by the city clerk.
(2) The exemption shall not be effective until seventy-five days following receipt of the application.
(3) Applications shall be verified by declaration under penalty of perjury and shall contain such information as may be required by the city clerk.
(4) The city clerk shall review such application and shall certify eligibility for exemption if the requirements of this subsection (c) are met, except no exemption shall be granted where service is through a master meter, and no exemption shall be granted for a fee which is or has been paid by a public agency or where the applicant received funds from a public agency specifically to pay the fee.
(5) Upon certification of eligibility for exemption, the city clerk shall notify the Agency, stating the name of the exempt person, the address to which the service is supplied, the account number, if any, and such other information as may be necessary for the agency to remove the fee from its billing procedure.
(6) Upon receipt of notice, the Agency shall discontinue billing for the fee imposed by this section; provided, fees billed by the Agency prior to receipt of such notice shall be collected and fees paid prior to receipt of such notice shall not be refunded.
(7) Exemptions certified by the city clerk shall continue so long as the facts supporting the exemption exist; provided, the exemption shall automatically terminate with the change in service address or residence of the exempted person. Such person may apply for a new exemption for each change of address.
(8) Any person who has been exempt under this section shall notify the tax administrator within ten days of any change in fact or circumstance which disqualifies such person from receiving an exemption. It shall be a misdemeanor for any person knowingly to receive the benefits of the exemption when such person has knowledge that the basis for such exemption does not or ceases to exist.
(9) The city clerk shall have the authority to demand evidence of continued eligibility for the exemption. Such evidence may include, but need not be limited to, copies of business records, letters or statements from the Social Security Administration and state, county, city and private pension administrators or unemployment and welfare agencies and such other evidence concerning the exempted person or other members of his or her household as may tend to prove or disapprove such eligibility. Failure to provide such evidence shall be grounds for immediate discontinuance of the exemption. Evidence provided to the city clerk at his or her request may not be used against the exempted person as evidence of violation of this section, but only as grounds for termination of the exemption. (Ord. No. 2206, § 1.)