Central defers tax installments and utility payments to October 31

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CENTRAL MANITOULIN – A motion to further defer tax levy installments for February and April, as well as the final tax installments for August and October being deferred to October 30, and to defer utility bill payments for March, June and September to October 31 as well as penalties on tax registrations, passed at Central Manitoulin council.

“I am concerned that all this will be coming due at once,” said Mayor Richard Stephens, noting that it is often easier for residents to tackle bills in smaller bites.

“There are still a lot of people not working due to COVID-19,” countered Councillor Derek Stephens. “Businesses are down at the same time.” He suggested the move would help support the community “until the economy starts to open up.”

The motion “That the 2020 interim tax levy installments for February 28 and April 30 and the final tax levy installments for August 31, and October 30 for properties within the municipality be deferred to October 30, 2020. 2. That the utility bill payments for March 31, June 30 and September 30 be deferred until October 31, 2020. 3. That all progression and penalties on tax registrations be deferred until October 31, 2020” passed without further debate.