AUSTIN -- If you are at least 65 years old, you are exempt from paying a \u201cStreet Service" fee on your utility bill.\r\nDon't expect the city to tell you. You have to let the City of Austin know you are qualified. When you do, the fee will only be removed from bills from then on out.\r\nAccording to the city code, passed in 1992, there are no refunds.\r\nThe monthly Street Service fee funds street maintenance and repair, annual street overlay and striping, along with other necessary activities to keep up roadways. What shows up as Street Service fee on your utility bill, is actually called the \u201cTransportation User" fee in the city code and on Public Works\u2019 website.\r\nThose who do not own or regularly use a private car are also not required to pay the Street Service fee.\r\nTo request an exemption, call 311.\r\nSeniors and Austinites, ensure that the extra cash stays where it should. Drop us a line if you find a way to reduce the amount of service fees, taxes, & etc. from the increasingly unaffordable living in Austin, especially among pensioners and original, hometown Austinites.