Wetaskiwin City Council defers tax deadline amid the City’s COVID-19 response efforts and finalizes 2020 tax rates. Pipestone Flyer file photo.

Wetaskiwin City Council defers tax deadline amid the City’s COVID-19 response efforts and finalizes 2020 tax rates. Pipestone Flyer file photo.

Wetaskiwin City Council defers tax deadline amid the City’s COVID-19 response efforts

Wetaskiwin City Council also finalized the 2020 tax rates.

At the April 27, 2020 regular Council Meeting, the Wetaskiwin City Council approved the 2020 Property Tax Rate Bylaw 1961-20. This will result in a net municipal tax rate decrease of 2.41 per cent for both residential and non-residential properties.

To reduce the financial strain on taxpayers during the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 tax pay deadline has also been extended to September 30, 2020.

“Council understands these are challenging times for many and has extended the usual tax payment deadline to help reduce the financial strain on local ratepayers,” said Wetaskiwin Mayor Tyler Gandam. “The City of Wetaskiwin relies heavily on tax revenue to fund its operations and—like other municipalities around the province—would not be able to function without them. If you can pay your taxes on time, please do so.”

If you pay taxes within the City of Wetaskiwin here is what you need to know:

• The tax deadline for 2020 has been set as September 30, 2020. If you do not pay your current year’s taxes by this date, a late payment penalty of five per cent will be applied to your account on October 1, 2020.

• An arrears penalty of 10 per cent will be applied to your account if you do not pay your outstanding tax balance by January 1, 2021.

Although Wetaskiwin City Hall remains closed to the public, payments to the City can be made online or by cheque.

An insert outlining the new tax rates and the allocation of municipal tax dollars will be included in all 2020 tax notice letters

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