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Utility & Tax Payment Deferral Information

Managing the economic hardships resulting from COVID-19

 

Utility payment deferral information

BYLAW 15-20 

The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed our social and economic way of life.  This has created significant uncertainty in our community and raised a lot of questions about what is happening and how the Town can assist. 

The Town’s utility payment deferral approach will apply to the billing cycles as follows:

Utility Billing Cycle

Current Due Date

New Due Date

January – February 2020

March 31, 2020

June 30, 2020

March – April 2020

May 29, 2020

August 31, 2020

  • Utility customers can pause their utility bill payments for three months for the these billing cycles.   
  • Penalties will be waived for the original February and April 2020 billing, if paid on or before the new due dates. 
  • Changes to payment dates for March-April billing and dates for January-February arrears will be indicated on the utility bills being mailed May 1.
  • To make the payment by the extended due date, please pay by cash or cheque (can be dropped off in the drop box at the Municipal Centre), in person at your financial institution or by online banking through your financial institution’s website.
  • For titled property owners who would like to cancel pre-authorized utility payments and not have the amount due withdrawn on March 31, 2020, please email utilities@okotoks.ca  with Cancellation of Pre-Authorized Payment in the subject line.  Please provide your property address or utility account number by 12:00 p.m. on March 30, 2020.  To reactivate pre-authorized payments for future utility bills, please email the above email address.

Property Taxes

  • Council has directed administration to investigate the potential of using the $1.5 million surplus from 2019 to reduce 2020 property taxes. 
  • Administration are also re-evaluating the 2020 budget to bring forward recommendations on changes to decrease proposed spending.
  • Reports on both of these Council directions will be brought to the April 27, 2020 regular Council meeting. 

Need further information?

Residents are advised to contact the Town at 403-938-4404 for more information. The Town appreciates your patience while Council and administration continue to work through all of these important matters.  For continued updates, visit www.okotoks.ca/COVID-19.

Official News Release

Town Council amended the Water Bylaw 24-18 and Fees, Rates and Charges Bylaw 09-19 to provide deferred utility (water and waste services) payments and utility penalty relief for all Okotoks utility customers due to the financial impact of COVID-19.

“Council appreciates the financial hardships and uncertainty that our residents and businesses are facing during this unprecedented and difficult time,” said Mayor Bill Robertson. “By deferring these payments, Council is working to find ways to provide financial relief to our community.  Expanding these provisions to all utility customers in Okotoks will help to ensure the economic vitality of our community.  We are in this together!”

The Town’s utility payment deferral approach will apply to the next two billing cycles:

Utility Billing Cycle

Current Due Date

New Due Date

January – February 2020

March 31, 2020

June 30, 2020

March – April 2020

May 29, 2020

August 31, 2020

If residents need to pause their utility bill payments, they can do so for three months for the next two billing cycles. In addition, penalties will be waived for the original February and April 2020 billing, if paid on or before the new due dates.  Change to payment dates for March-April billing and dates for January-February arrears will be indicated on the utility bills being mailed May 1.
To make the payment by the extended due date, please pay by cash or cheque (can be dropped off in the drop box at the Municipal Centre), in person at your financial institution or by online banking through your financial institution’s website.

For titled property owners who would like to cancel utility pre-authorized payments and not have the amount due withdrawn on March 31, 2020, please contact by email  with Cancellation of Pre-Authorized Payment in the subject line.  Please provide your property address or utility account number by 12:00 pm on March 30, 2020.  To reactivate pre-authorized payments for future utility bills, please email the above email address.

Council has directed administration to investigate the potential of using the $1.5 million surplus from 2019 to reduce 2020 property taxes.  Administration was also directed to re-evaluate the 2020 budget and come forward with recommendations on changes to decrease proposed spending. Reports on both of these Council directions will be brought to the April 27, 2020 regular Council meeting. 

Residents are advised to contact the Town at 403-938-4404 for more information.The Town appreciates your patience while Council and administration continue to work through all of these important matters. 

Tax payment deferral information and 2020 non-residential education property information

Tax payment deferral information and 2020 non-residential education property information insert

Council passed Bylaw 22-20 to permit Town of Okotoks taxpayers the option to defer the payments on 2020 taxes without penalty, until August 31, 2020. This property tax relief measure is a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Council recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic has placed financial constraints on many Okotoks taxpayers and in order to provide financial relief, this bylaw will permit all taxpayers, residential and non-residential, the option to defer their taxes.

Okotoks residents and businesses will be able to choose whether to defer their full tax bill or the July and August 2020 current tax TIPP payments, without penalty until August 31, 2020.

No penalties will be charged until September 1, 2020 on current 2020 taxes. After August 31 unpaid taxes will receive a penalty equal to 4 percent as of September 1, 2020, 4.5 percent as of October 1, 2020;  5 percent as of November 1, 2020 and 1.5 percent as of December 1, 2020.

Taxpayers who participate in the TIPP program have the option to defer their pre-authorized TIPP withdrawals for July and August. The Town will automatically reinstate TIPP payments on September 1 and the deferred withdrawals will be spread out evenly over the last four monthly payments from September to December.

In March of 2020, the Government of Alberta announced a six month deferral on the non-residential education requisition amount on property tax bills. After consulting with other municipalities, it was identified that this would complicate tax collection, require municipalities to issue multiple bills, and lead to confusion. To correct this, municipalities were given the option of collecting the non-residential education property tax for businesses for six months or deferring both the municipal and education property tax for a shorter period, which provides an equivalent benefit.

Property tax notices will be mailed on May 25 and are due on June 30, 2020.

The Town asks all property owners who can pay their taxes on time to please do so and honour the normal due date of June 30. This helps ensure the municipality can continue to deliver the essential and vital services during these challenging times.

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