EL CENTRO, Calif.(KYMA, KECY) - The Imperial Valley Justice and Equity Coalition partnered with several non-profits and proposed a payment plan to the Imperial Irrigation District for individuals who are unable to pay their utility bills. The IID agreed and began helping the coalition spread the word.
This idea came amid an 11 million dollar debt.
"We understand some people who were able to start paying their bills didn't and were taking advantage but some weren't, this program is for people who are still struggling to make it," said Eric Reyes, Activist for Imperial Valley Justice and Coalition.
The payment plan allows people to pay overdue bills through an 8 or 12-month period depending on their current financial status.
The IID printed out 4 thousand flyers to get the word out to those who may not have social media.
“We’ve been going door to door, and telling people these programs exist and are for them," said Reyes.
So far this program has reduced the IID debt by 1 million dollars.
This program officially begins February 17th.