City of Kenora Media Release
Yesterday, Council approved relief measures for the citizens of the City of Kenora during the COVID-19 pandemic. These measures are related to property taxes and utilities, effective April 1 until August 31, 2020.
Interest and penalties on property taxes will be waived for 6 months until August 31, 2020. Taxpayers are reminded that the taxes owing are still due. This measure is expected to reduce the City’s revenues by approximately $170,000.
The tax due date which has historically been the third week in July will be extended to August 26, 2020.
Interest on utilities (water and sewer services) will be waived for the 6 months ending August 31, 2020. Customers are reminded that all amounts owing are still due. There will just be no charge for deferring payments until the end of August. Waiving this interest is expected to cost the City approximately $20,000.
The City of Kenora is providing relief to help residents during this difficult time in a way that allows the municipality to maintain service levels. The relief measures are anticipated to impact the 2020 operating budget by approximately $190,000.
In addition to the impact on the City’s 2020 budget, the provincial government has postponed the planned property tax assessment for 2021 to maintain stability for property owners. In 2021 the tax levy will be based on 2020 assessments as opposed to the updated 2021 assessments. This will negatively impact the City’s 2021 budget by approximately $1,100,000 based on current value assessment increases over the past 3 years.
Taxpayers and customers can remit their payments using the following methods while City Hall is closed:
– Online or telephone banking
– Dropping off payments in the drop-box at the front entrance of City Hall – 1 Main Street South
– Mailing payments via regular Canada Post
– Pre-authorized payments for both taxes and utilities where amounts due are automatically withdrawn (to set up this option please call City Hall at 467-2000)
We are available to assist taxpayers and customers Monday through Friday, from 8:30 am to 4:30 p.m. For payments or other utility billing questions, please call Customer Service, City Hall at 807-467-2000.
For property tax questions, please call Rachel Jaworowicz, Tax Collector, at 807-467-2034.