Town of Halton Hills introduces new option to help property owners amid COVID-19 pandemic

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Published March 23, 2021 at 3:36 pm

Town of Halton Hills introduces new option to help property owners amid COVID-19 pandemic

The Town of Halton Hills has introduced a one-time extension for a pre-authorized payment plan as a new option for residents and businesses who are able to demonstrate their financial hardships due to COVID-19.

This payment plan provides the tax payments to be spread out over a period of seven months from June to December.

Property owners experiencing financial hardships including a temporary suspension or reduction in pay, employment loss, excessive business revenue loss or temporary business closure, may contact the Town to discuss their eligibility.

“We hope that providing the opportunity for people to spread out their payments by a further two months, that this may ease some hardship,” said Mayor Rick Bonnette.

“We are cognizant of the challenges that the pandemic has had on the community – both personally and professionally so we are doing what we can.”

Previously, the municipality delayed the due date for final property taxes and provided taxpayers with relief from penalties, interest and fees up to June 30, 2020.

Residents interested in applying to the program are encouraged to review the eligibility criteria here.

According to Mayor Bonnette, the program had to be application-based given the municipality’s legal obligation to ‘remit monies to Halton Region and the school boards.’

“Regardless of the Town’s tax collection policies, we have a legislative responsibility per the Municipal Act to collect the taxes on behalf of the school boards and Halton Region,” said Mayor Bonnette.

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