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Petrolia Council Extends the Waiving of Penalties, Late Fees and NSF Charges for Taxes and Invoices, Until July 31, 2020 – Offers Cancelled Building Permit Refunds


Posted: June 23, 2020

Petrolia Council Extends the Waiving of Penalties, Late Fees and NSF Charges for Taxes and Invoices, Until July 31, 2020 – Offers Cancelled Building Permit Refunds

Last night at the regular meeting of Council, the Council of the Town of Petrolia approved further short-term relief to ratepayers related to property tax penalty and interest, and water and sewer interest charges and NSF charges during the COVID-19 pandemic. Council also approved adjustments related to building permit fees during this time.

As many members of our community continue to feel the economic impact of the shut-down of services related to the emergency measures implemented to contain the spread of COVID-19, Council has responded to the community by voting to implement initiatives intended to provide temporary financial relief to ratepayers. These measures will be reviewed again at the July 13, 2020 Regular Meeting of Council for further consideration as more information regarding the pandemic is available.

The following measures have been approved for extension:

1. The Council of the Town of Petrolia has waived the penalty and interest charges on property taxes until July 31, 2020;
2. The Council of the Town of Petrolia has waived the late fees on utilities (water and sewer only) until July 31, 2020;
3. The Council of the Town of Petrolia has waived the late fees on miscellaneous invoices until July 31, 2020; and
4. The Council of the Town of Petrolia has waived the NSF fee for anyone whose payment is returned until July 31, 2020;

Council has also approved that issued building permits that are cancelled due to complications during the Provincial emergency prior to the commencement of construction, be refunded 100%.

Chief Administrative Officer/Treasurer Rick Charlebois said, “We have been working closely with other Municipalities to determine the best course of action. We want to do what we can to provide support to folks that need it, and if they are having trouble making payments we ask that they call us.”

Staff will actively calculate and record the monthly revenue loss in each category. Work will continue to closely monitor the guidelines of Municipal Associations and practices of surrounding municipalities and the County of Lambton in relation to financial impacts of the COVID-19 crisis.