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City of North LV pays off bills for nearly 5K households

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Posted at 3:27 PM, Oct 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-27 18:47:54-04

The City of North Las Vegas paid off nearly $2.1 million in unpaid gas and electric bills owed by its residents during the pandemic, thanks to a new partnership with NV Energy and Southwest Gas.

Under the NLV CARES Utility Assistance Program, the City paid off a portion of the outstanding balance of North Las Vegas residents who have fallen behind on gas and electricity payments due to COVID-19.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the North Las Vegas City Council has prioritized the use of relief funds on assistance programs for residents and businesses.

The NLV CARES Utility Assistance Program paid $2 million to NV Energy, to be directly applied to the accounts of 4,900 North Las Vegas residential customers to cover delinquent bills for those who are experiencing pandemic-related financial hardships.

Additionally, the City paid Southwest Gas nearly $30,000 to cover delinquent bills for 180 customers in North Las Vegas who have been affected financially by the pandemic.

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The payments do not cover late fees and penalties stemming from the past-due bills. Southwest Gas and NV Energy waived those fees and penalties for accounts covered by this program.

Through Dec. 1, the City of North Las Vegas plans to pay off up to $3 million in unpaid bills for utility accounts that are identified as COVID-19 impacted. Customers facing financial hardships are encouraged to contact the utility companies to discuss payment options and available assistance programs.

The NLV CARES Utility Assistance Program is funded by federal CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund dollars that were provided to North Las Vegas as part of a $23.8 million grant from the Clark County Commission.

The City is also accepting applications at this time for the North Las Vegas CARES Housing Assistance Program and the NLV CARES Small Business Assistance Program.

To view all of the City’s COVID-19 assistance programs and to apply, visit their website.