COVID-19 UPDATE MARCH 27, 2020 Gravenhurst Waives Penalties for Non-Payment of 2020 Interim Taxes

Posted On Friday March 27, 2020

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March 27, 2020

COVID-19 UPDATE MARCH 27, 2020

Gravenhurst Waives Penalties for Non-Payment of 2020 Interim Taxes

Gravenhurst, ON – With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to escalate, the Town is appealing to residents to practice physical distancing and strict hygienic practices.

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit reported the first positive case of COVID-19 in Muskoka on Wednesday March 25th. Physical distancing continues to be the best method to help flatten the curve of the COVID-19 virus and allows the healthcare community to respond to patient needs at a manageable pace.

A Special Council Meeting was held this morning electronically to discuss various emergency actions being undertaken by the Town including details related to 2020 interim Taxes. Council adopted a motion today to waive penalties that would otherwise be charged for the non-payment of 2020 interim taxes that are due by March 31, 2020. Council’s decision removes any penalties and interest charged on non-payment of 2020 interim taxes until May 31, 2020, effectively deferring the requirement to pay for two months. Additionally, Council voted to amend the 2020 User Fees and Charges By-law and waive fees related to payment penalties for the balance of the year. The Tax Department recommends to those in the community who have further questions or concerns pertaining to their situation to contact them at 705-687-3412 or email taxdepartment@gravenhurst.ca.

“On Monday, Ontario Premier Ford announced mandatory closures of all non-essential services throughout the Province to further contain the spread of COVID-19,” said Glen Davies, the Towns Chief Administration Officer. “Municipal services are considered essential and Town of Gravenhurst services will continue to function, though some have been altered to respect physical distancing advice from our healthcare partners,” he added.

The Town would like to remind residents that all Town facilities are closed to public access. Some service delivery has been altered but remains available through other means. Members of the public are encouraged to check regularly for updates as the situation changes.Please visit www.gravenhurst.ca/covid19 for more information or call 705-687-3412.

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For further information, please contact:

Jason Harnett

Communications Specialist - Town of Gravenhurst

705-795-5257

jason.harnett@gravenhurst.ca

Preserving and enhancing quality of life in Gravenhurst through exceptional and responsible municipal delivery.