Utility Rate and Tax Relief
The City of Bellevue has two programs to help low-income persons living within the service area of Bellevue Utilities. Check below to see if you qualify for one or both programs. For more information, please call 425-452-5285.
Utility Rate Relief
The city offers low-income seniors (62 and older) and low-income permanently disabled persons relief on their utility costs for water, wastewater and drainage.
Rate Relief offers up to 75 percent off utility costs for seniors and permanently disabled persons who meet specific residency and income guidelines. The form of relief and household income guidelines depend on how utility costs are paid:
- If you pay a Bellevue utility bill directly, you may qualify for a rate reduction on your 2016 utility bills if your 2015 household income was $30,860 or less for one person, or $35,280 or less for two persons. Utility Rate Relief Reduction Application Packet
- If your utility costs have been paid through rent or other third party, you may qualify for a rate rebate check on 2015 utility costs if your 2014 household income was $30,860 or less for one person, or $35,280 or less for two persons. Utility Rate Relief Rebate Application Packet
Applications must be received by the Utilities Department at City Hall by 4 p.m., PST, on Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Applicants are encouraged to apply early because the application process can take 8 weeks to complete, longer during peak application periods. Providing a complete application with all required documentation helps expedite processing. Late or incomplete applications cannot be processed.
NOTE: If you qualify for the 2016 Utility Rate Relief Program, you automatically qualify for the 2016 Utility Tax Relief described below.
Utility Tax Relief
Bellevue's Tax Relief Program offers a year-end rebate check 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. Complete program guidelines in the 2016 Utility Tax Relief Application Packet.
All Tax Rebate checks are mailed to qualified applicants in late December 2016.
Applications must be received by the Utilities Department at downtown City Hall by 4 p.m. PST, on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016. Applicants are encouraged to apply early because the application process can take serveral weeks to complete. Late or incomplete applications cannot be processed.
NOTE: If you were approved for the 2016 Utility Rate Relief Program described above, you do not need to complete this additional application. Approval of the 2016 Utility Rate Relief Program already qualified you for the 2016 Tax Relief rebate.