Rapid City utility customers can apply for a reduction of their monthly utility charges through the Utility Rate Relief Program. The program is designed to lower the monthly utility expense for senior citizens and people with disabilities. The program recently underwent an update, to make the qualification process more straightforward.
To qualify, applicants must meet all of the eligibility criteria which includes: they must be 65 or older or disabled as defined by the Social Security Act; income from all sources must be at or below the income limits defined by the US Department of Housing and Urban development for the Rapid City Metro Area; the applicant must be the person who is responsible for payment of the utility bill directly to the City; the property must be the applicant’s primary residence.
If qualified, the rates charged for all utility services billed to the applicant will be reduced by 25 percent for a period of two years or until the renewal date established by the Public Works Director. Applications are accepted at any time, but renewal requests must be received by April 30 of odd numbered years for participants to remain on the program. The application is available below, or copies can be picked up at the City Finance Cashier's Office.