City council endorsed measures to assist taxpayers affected by COVID-19

Tax changes made official

It didn't take long for Kelowna city council to endorse several temporary changes to tax and utility bill payments.

The measures brought forward in the form of official bylaw amendments had been done at the request of council.

The bylaw allows for changes to utility billing interest charges, returned payment fees, and property tax penalty dates in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Changes approved Monday include:

  • Waiving interest charges on utility bills from April 27, 2020 to August 31, 2020
  • Waiving returned payment fees from April 27, 2020 to August 31, 2020
  • Deferring the application of the 10% property tax penalty from July 2, 2020 to September 1, 2020.

The property tax penalty deadline for commercial properties has been extended to Oct. 1 as ordered by the province.

Changes were made to help alleviate the financial burden on many in the community as businesses have been forced to close and employees laid off due to COVID-19.

The city says the measures will result in a loss of nearly $1 million in revenue.

Council is also expected to approve a reduction in taxes May 4.

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