Town of Strathmore waives transfer of tax charges on delinquent utility accounts

The Town of Strathmore is waiving the transfer of tax charges for the 2022 balance on delinquent utility accounts.

Lisa Gregory of the Town of Strathmore Corporate Services explained that given the current circumstances surrounding COVID-19, it would be unwise to continue with the established fees.

“What we want to do is waive the transfer to taxes and not disconnect anyone’s water during the pandemic,” Gregory said.

“For COVID-19 and for health, we really shouldn’t turn off anyone’s water at this time and when we do, we don’t want it transferred to taxes and making them pay extra. .”

The tax transfer fee was $54.62 and, according to the administration, the transfer fee for overdue utility accounts is a minor source of revenue for the City.

The fee waiver will not have a negative financial impact on the City, as the fee only applies to approximately 20 accounts.

The administration usually proceeds with a water disconnection after two months of non-payment on a utility account outside the winter months. Due to the ongoing pandemic circumstances and sanitary precautions in place, it was deemed that shutting off water for collection purposes was no longer practical.

Ultimately, the fee waiver will allow the administration to transfer overdue utility amounts to a homeowner’s tax bill and maintain the transfer on a monthly basis to keep overdue amounts current. on a given property.

Strathmore Town Council previously presented a motion regarding the waiver of the tax fee transfer at the May 19, 2021 council meeting.

Penalty due dates were waived by the City in 2020 on a global basis for all utility accounts, resulting in increased utility accounts receivable and delayed cash flow. According to the administration, this made it difficult to administer the applicable fees.

With respect to utility bills that have been overdue for two months, the City’s recovery procedure consists of either transferring the amount due to the owner’s tax bill or disconnecting the water supply, which cannot be completed during the winter months.

Councilor Brent Wiley moved to waive the tax fee transfer following Gregory’s presentation to council. The motion was passed by council without further debate or question.

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