Town is asking residents, due to COVID-19 provincial well being orders, to pay property taxes remotely somewhat than in particular person, if attainable.
Metropolis workers are mailing out 2020 property tax notices this week and the taxes are due by July 3.
Town says you possibly can pay remotely by means of these strategies:
- On-line banking: banks and credit score unions that supply fee companies present the chance to pay tax payments on-line, by means of phone banking, or in-person.
- By mail to metropolis corridor
- PayTM Canada: property taxes may be paid by bank card utilizing the PayTM Canada cell app. Bank cards usually are not accepted on the Metropolis Corridor Service Centre.
The service centre at metropolis corridor will stay open with bodily distancing measures in place. Those that select to go to the service centre to pay their property taxes, are requested to stick to bodily distancing pointers and advisable practices.
Town says cash funds are accepted however are discouraged right now. The primary hour (8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.) may also be reserved for seniors and people with compromised immune techniques.
Taxes paid to the Metropolis of Prince George fund the vast majority of town’s operations and companies, reminiscent of street and sidewalk rehabilitation, snow clearing, and Police and Fireplace Rescue companies.
The remaining revenues usually come from varied sources reminiscent of consumer charges, the rental of civic services, off-street parking, and permits associated to new developments and development.
However for the reason that starting of the COVID-19 pandemic and the provincial well being orders in March, town has lowered revenues of practically $1.Three million monthly.
Previously month, council has made important changes to the Metropolis finances and 2020 tax levy in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Council lowered the tax levy enhance practically by half from a 3.44 per cent enhance authorised previous to the pandemic to 1.75 per cent.
Council has additionally deferred practically $25 million in capital tasks, eradicated 10 per cent late charges on sewer, water and strong waste utility funds, and frozen price of residing will increase for Mayor, council and senior workers.
Nonetheless, the service enhancements geared toward enhancing security, cleanliness, and safety downtown are continuing in 2020. These embody offering for extra police, safety, and bylaw companies personnel for the world; funding for homeless service hubs; and elevated assets for eradicating unlawful camps and dumpsites.