Aspen residents who have lived within the city limits for all of 2018 and who have been registered to vote here since at least Jan. 1, 2018 may now apply for a $55 food tax refund, according to the city.

Applications are available online and this method is preferable to reduce paper waste and expedites the administrative process, it was noted.

Paper applications will still be available for residents to print and mail or drop off.

“The city created Food Sales Tax Refunds as an incentive to encourage voters to support a sales tax referendum,” according to a press release issued Wednesday. “It was intended to reimburse voters for the approximate amount of sales tax that they would pay annually on grocery purchase due to the imposition of a 1 percent city sales tax.”

To qualify for the Food Sales Tax Refund, all applicants must have resided with the Aspen city limits for the entirety of 2018; been registered to vote from Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2018; be able to prove residence within Aspen city limits for 2018. If still residing within the city limits, they must ensure the current address is the same as the registered voter address.

Residents 65 or older, and residents who are legally blind are eligible for additional refund payments, according to the city. For persons barred from registering to vote, there are some exceptions to qualify.

The application deadline is April 15 at 5 p.m. Late applications will not be accepted. For an application or more information go to:www.cityofaspen.com. Those who might need assistance in completing the application are encourage to visit the finance window on the first floor of Aspen City Hall, 130 S. Galena St.