Council and staff looking to push back property tax deadline

City pondering tax deferral

The City of Penticton is looking at ways to help residents get through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Council has asked staff to evaluate the impacts of deferring the property tax deadline until September 30, 2020.

“We are looking at what we can do at the municipal level to assist our residents, businesses and non-profits in making it through the COVID-19 public health emergency,” said Mayor John Vassilaki. “We recognize that the timing of property taxes may add to the financial burden so adjusting the deadline is worth considering.”

The City normally issues tax notices to property owners in June with the deadline for tax payment July 31, 2020. At the request of Council, staff will evaluate what a two-month delay in collecting property taxes would mean to City finances, including how it will affect cash flow.

“Property tax is one of the City’s primary sources of revenue,” added Vassilaki. “We need to ensure we fully understand the impacts before making this decision.”

Staff will report their findings and provide recommendations to Council when regular meetings resume.

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