City of Clovis offers a sigh of relief for local federal employees

City of Clovis offers relief for federal employees affected by the government shutdown, offering residents an opportunity to defer their utility payments until the shutdown is lifted. (Billy Xiong/Clovis Roundup)

Due to the ongoing government shutdown, the City of Clovis is offering aid to local federal employees who are currently affected. On Wednesday, Jan. 16 the City announced that  any local federal employees that have been furloughed or working without pay will be allowed to suspend their utility bill payments and keep their service active until the shutdown is lifted.

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Residents will need to provide copies of their government identification or most recent paystub for verification. To apply for deferment on utility payments, contact the City of Clovis at (559) 324-2130 and press option #8. The City of Clovis’ normal business hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The government has been shutdown since Dec. 22, 2018 due to the President and Congress’ inability to come to an agreement over the funding for a border wall on the United States/Mexico border. The shutdown is still ongoing, setting a new record as the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, surpassing the previous shutdown which was 21 days during the shutdown of 1995-96.