WSR 99-09-055

PERMANENT RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Economic Services Administration)

[ Filed April 19, 1999, 1:55 p.m. ]

Date of Adoption: April 19, 1999.

Purpose: Eliminates use of actual utility expenses as a utility deduction used to calculate food assistance benefits. Instead clients will be eligible for one of three utility allowances. This change is expected to reduce the food stamp program error rate.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 388-450-0195.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 74.04.510.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 99-06-088 on March 2, 1999.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0. Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.

April 19, 1999

Marie Myerchin-Redifer, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

2535.1
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 99-01-069, filed 12/14/98, effective 1/14/99)

WAC 388-450-0195
Utility allowances for food assistance programs.

(((1))) You can use the amounts in the chart below ((or use actual utility costs)) to calculate total shelter costs. Total shelter costs are used in calculating your food assistance benefits.


If you have to pay:Then, you can use the:
Separate heating or cooling costsStandard utility allowance (SUA) of $211
Separate utility costs, but no heating or cooling costsLimited utility allowance (LUA) of $158
Separate costs for phone service onlyTelephone utility allowance (TUA) of $29

(((2) Use actual utility costs if greater than the SUA or LUA or if you are not eligible for the SUA or LUA.))

[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.510 and 7 CFR 273.9 (d)(6).  99-01-069, 388-450-0195, filed 12/14/98, effective 1/14/99.  Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057 and 74.08.090.  98-16-044, 388-450-0195, filed 7/31/98, effective 9/1/98.]

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