UPDATE: The Town of Huntsville posted the following message on its social media accounts on March 21: “Huntsville, we have heard your concerns on the upcoming tax due date. The Town is listening and staff are currently working on recommendations for Council to assist tax payers during this time of uncertainty. More information will be communicated as it becomes available.”
The Town of Huntsville will not be deferring the due date on property tax payments at this time, said Huntsville Mayor Karin Terziano.
The City of Toronto announced it would be deferring property tax payments for 60 days as well as utility bills, also managed by the municipality, as of April 1. Others like Ottawa and Mississauga have followed suit to try and ease the uncertainty faced by property owners during the COVID-19 crisis.
Terziano said council discussed the issue at its March 17 council meeting and decided the impact of COVID-19 here would be greater as time progresses. Unless you pay monthly, the first installment of the 2020 property tax is due March 31.
“We think that the bigger impact will be on people being in a financial position to pay their second installment in August,” she said. The final tax bill for the year is due on August 31, 2020, and Terziano said the subject may be revisited by council closer to that date.
She said the forms to come up with a payment plan for those in arrears, which has to be approved by the municipality, are still available to property owners, whether there is an emergency or not.
Terziano added that taxes can be paid online and there is a drop box available at Town Hall.
In January Huntsville council passed an estimated $16.2 million budget for 2020, which represents a tax-supported levy increase of 8.64 per cent from 2019. Once assessment growth has been factored in the increase represents a tax hike of 2.86 per cent. See the chart below for the general tax impact for 2020.
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