- Associated Press - Friday, November 18, 2016

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Low-income, elderly and disabled Birmingham residents could soon receive a little break on their food bill.

The Birmingham News reports (https://bit.ly/2fLMZXW ) the city council is considering establishing a food tax rebate program that will allow certain residents to receive a refund on the taxes they pay on food.

“We are just trying to make sure that we do everything we can to fight for the citizens,” City Council President Johnathan Austin said of the program.

A public hearing on the proposed program is set for 6 p.m. on Monday.

City Council President Johnathan Austin said residents living at or below the poverty line would receive a rebate on their taxes for as much as $150 a year under the program. He said the program will cost the city an estimated $1.5 million to $2 million a year.

According to the proposed ordinance, the program will be contingent on budget availability each year.

Under the program’s proposed guidelines, individuals must make less than $13,450 to be eligible. Individuals who qualify can receive a rebate in the amount of $50 a year.

Residents with four or more dependents must make less than $20,750 a year and can receive a rebate of $150 a year.

Disabled residents and residents over the age of 65 can qualify regardless of income. Residents over the age of 65 will receive an additional $25 per household allowance.

Recipients of food stamps also are eligible for the program.


Information from: The Birmingham News, https://www.al.com/birminghamnews

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