The city of Quincy is setting up a program to help businesses affected by the pandemic and help residents with their utility bills.

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The Quincy City Council Monday night voted unanimously to set up what will be known as the Helping Establishments Re-Open, or HERO program.

The way the program works – through August 31st, Quincy residents who spend up to $150 at retailers and businesses affected by COVID-19 will get a $50 credit on a future water bill.

This one-time credit is limited to 4,000 Quincy households.

The city is setting aside $100,000 to pay for the HERO program, which comes from funds in the city’s COVID-19 relief program.

Residents who wish to take part in the program need to submit receipts and a credit request form to City Treasurer Linda Moore by September 30th.

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