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Petrolia Council Extends the Waiving of Penalties, Late Fees and NSF Charges for Taxes and Invoices until June 30, 2020 – Offers Cancelled Building Permit Refunds


Posted: May 26, 2020

Petrolia Council Extends the Waiving of Penalties, Late Fees and NSF Charges for Taxes and Invoices, Until June 30, 2020 – Offers Cancelled Building Permit Refunds

The Council of the Town of Petrolia will provide 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 June 22, 2020 Regular Meeting of Council for further consideration as more information regarding the pandemic closures 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 June 30, 2020;
2. The Council of the Town of Petrolia has waived the late fees on utilities (water and sewer only) until June 30, 2020;
3. The Council of the Town of Petrolia has waived the late fees on miscellaneous invoices until June 30, 2020; and
4. The Council of the Town of Petrolia has waived the NSF fee for anyone whose payment is returned until June 30, 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, “…This extended period has been challenging for property owners and ratepayers and we are here to offer guidance to Council as they provide assistance. As we continue to work through these changes and wait for the Ontario Government to provide guidance for our next steps, we will continue to address these items through Council one at a time.”

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.