Santa Clara Gives Military Families a Break on Utility Bills

Santa Clara Gives Military Families a Break on Utility Bills

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(Santa Clara-AP) -- Some military families in Santa Clara are getting help with some of their bills.

City council members voted yesterday to give families who have a head of household activated to full-time military duty a 50-dollar a month credit to their utility bills.

The credit is retroactive to July 15 of this year.

It will be effective until the person is released from active duty or until June of next year, whichever comes sooner.

Several cities in Northern Utah have adopted similar resolutions.

So far, six residents in Santa Clara have been deployed.

But if the Utah National Guard's 222nd Field Artillery Battalion is deployed, that will mean another 35 to 40 residents.

The utility credit will cost the city about 24-thousand dollars a year.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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