Thousands in tree rebates still up for grabs

If you bought a new tree or your yard or garden this year, look for your receipt.

The city says there are still thousands of dollars in tree rebates up for grabs this year.

Danielle Armstrong, the city’s community development coordinator, says about 250 tree rebates have been applied for 2015, totaling just under $11,000.

The city has budged $16,250 in rebates this year.

“We’re definitely on track comparable to last year,” Armstrong said.

“Additional rebates (are available), but we do encourage residents to apply sooner than later.”

The city is accepting rebate applications until July 31.

To be eligible, residents must have the original cash register receipt and tree tag for a tree in growing zones 1, 2, or 3. Trees purchased since Jan. 1 of this year are eligible for the rebate.

Residents can apply for a maximum of two rebates, and must have a utility account in their name. Residents will see the rebate applied to their utility bill.

The tree planting rebate program started in 2013, evolving from the city’s annual Arbour Day tree sale.

Armstrong says the switch to the rebate program has allowed the city to nearly double the number of trees being planted.

Only about 125 trees were sold every year as part of Arbour Day, she said.

“The impact is greater,” said Armstrong.

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