Senior utility tax rebates exclude phone bills

By on January 22, 2010

ELBURN—The Elburn Village Board voted unanimously Tuesday to reinstate the village’s utility-tax rebate program for seniors this year, with added restrictions.

Under an ordinance passed by the board, the eligibility age for recipients was raised from 61 to 65, the rebates only will be allowed for gas and electric bill taxes, not for telephone service; and only households with incomes of $55,000 or less will be allowed to receive the rebates. In addition, senior rebates will be capped at $150 annually per senior household.

The village suspended the rebates for 2009 in September because village officials said some residents abused the program by obtaining rebates for several phone per households.