Benton PUD has extended the COVID-19 Customer Assistance Program
Qualified residential and small business customers may receive a bill credit of up to $200 for their past due bill amount as of July 31, 2021. Past due is defined as 30 days in arrears.
To help customers pay down higher past due balances, Benton PUD will also match payments. The payment match is available for up to half of the July 31, 2021 past due amount, after the initial bill credit is applied. Payments made between August 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021 are eligible for this match.
The program will end on December 31, 2021.
Benton PUD is encouraging customers to fill out the online application at https://www.bentonpud.org/Account/Your-Bill/COVID-19-Customer-Assistance/COVID-19-Customer-Assistance-Program.
Find more info and fill out the online application at the Benton PUD site.
COVID-19 Reopening Guide for Businesses and Workers
City Response to COVID-19
- Rent and Utilities Assistance
- Utilities Assistance
- Microenterprise and Small Business Emergency Grants
- CARES Act Community Grant Support Program
- Temporary Restaurant/Retail Outdoor Expansion
- City Offices Temporarily Closed
- Submit Safe Start Inquiries
- Report a Safe Start Violation
- Modified City Council Meetings: City Council will defer non-essential legislative items and condense essential legislative items into a modified schedule.
- Commission and Committee Meetings: All meetings will be deferred until the conclusion of the Governor’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order unless otherwise noted on the City calendar.
- Determining Occupancy Load when reopening your business.
Health & Safety Information
- Washington’s "Safe Start" Plan
- Washington State Adopting New CDC's Quarantine Guidelines
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
- Washington State Coronavirus Response
- Washington State Department of Health
- Benton-Franklin Health District
- 2-1-1 COVID Information Call Line
Kennewick is Open for Business
During this time of uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, our regional partners are have collaborated to connect local businesses with our community. Check out businesses that have registered as open.
The Stay Home, Stay Healthy order requiring social distancing measures will help slow the spread of COVID-19, but they will create a hardship for some citizens.
To help residents, the City has suspended water shut-offs for non-payment of City utility bills. We are continuing to bill utility accounts on the regular two-month billing cycle and statements are due 15 days from the billing date. Late notices are being issued for accounts two weeks past due, which includes a $10 late fee when notices are processed. Payment options include our automated phone system, website, and drop box located in the east parking lot of City Hall.
By contacting the City prior to an account going past due, the late notice would not issue and $10 late fee would not be assessed.
Below is a list of additional resources:
- Washington State Department of Financial Institutions - guide for families who need financial assistance
- Washington State Employment Security Department – information regarding employment assistance
- Benton County Emergency Housing Program - funds available for eviction prevention for persons that have faced difficulty due to the COVID-19 pandemic.