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City Of Chicago Sewer Charge Exemption For Seniors

The City of Chicago has initiated a sewer charge for Chicago residences to help offset the deficit in funding for pensions owed to the employees of the City of Chicago.  The sewer charge will be in addition to, and equal to, the water bill that is assessed for each residence.

Senior citizens owning their homes within the City of Chicago proper may be eligible for an exemption from this sewer charge that is to be assessed to homeowners by the City.  To be eligible for the sewer charge exemption, a senior citizen must meet the following requirements:

  • BE 65 YEARS OLD, OR OLDER
  • OWN YOUR HOME
  • OCCUPY YOUR HOME AS YOUR PRINCIPLE RESIDENCE
  • HAVE A SEPARATE WATER METER OR WATER ACCOUNT

In order to qualify for the exemption, a senior citizen must provide the following proofs:

  • A STATE ID OR FEDERAL PASSPORT INDICATING DATE OF BIRTH
  • PROOF OF OWNERSHIP, SUCH AS A DEED OR PROPERTY TAX BILL
  • PROOF OF RESIDENCE, SUCH AS A WATER BILL OR TAX BILL

This sewer charge exemption, if approved, would  result in significant savings of 100% of the sewer charge for a senior homeowner.  A senior owning and residing in a residence that is not metered separately, such as a condominium, townhome or cooperative, may apply for a refund of up to $50.00 per year, as well.

To apply for a senior exemption from the City’s sewer charge, the pdf application form may be found at:

https://www.cityofchicago.org/content/dam/city/depts/fin/Utility/SNRS_App_ENG_11-13-14.pdf

and the online application may be found at:

https://committeeonfinance.org/claims/sewerclaimform.asp

If you need to know more, call 312-744-4426 for recorded informatio’: then, to speak with a person for further help, press “O.”

A senior exemption from the sewer charge will be effective as of the date that all of the required documentation has been submitted, and the City of Chicago has approved the application for exemption.