In response to the challenges presented by the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Town of Georgina will be waiving May penalty and interest charges associated with the April 27 installment of the interim tax bill. In addition, the Town will be delaying the transfer of unpaid amounts of the April water/sewer billings to the property tax account providing additional help to lessen the burden on the community. A property tax deferral program of up to 90 days is also being reviewed. Today at an Emergency Special Council meeting, delegated authority was provided to Chief Administrative Officer, David Reddon to implement such changes. Those who continue to pay their water and sewer bill by the due dates will continue to receive the two per cent discount.
“We are working closely with all other levels of government on the financial packages that have recently been announced and as more details are available will communicate those out. These are unprecedented times with global impacts. Council is determined to find ways that we can support our residents and businesses in a time when they need us most,” said Mayor Margaret Quirk. “As we adjust our services in response to COVID-19, we are committed to continuing to deliver essential services to the community.”
Although the Civic Centre remains closed, there are several ways property owners can make payments remotely. These include pre-authorized programs, online and telephone banking, issuing post-dated cheques or by mail. Consult with your financial institution to determine whether a payment can be made at a branch location.
Effective March 24, the Town of Georgina will be adjusting operations to provide essential services only. This change is to ensure the safety of staff and the community by reducing the number of people required to be at work. As the situation is continually evolving further modifications may be considered.
Town staff will continue to respond to calls and emails for essential service requests such as roads, water, by-law and billing inquiries. Residents can contact customer service at 905-476-4301 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updates on the status of municipal operations, cancellations and disruptions will be posted on georgina.ca/COVID-19.