City Council moves property tax deadline, plans small business tax deferral

City Council has moved the 2020 final property tax deadline to Monday, Aug 31. The decision was made at a special council meeting on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, following a staff recommendation.

Kingston property owners usually pay their final tax bill at the end of June. “The billing was deferred this year in order to help alleviate some of the financial pressure property owners may have experienced as a result of COVID-19,” said Jeff Walker, the City’s Manager of Taxation. The City will also waive penalties and interest on all outstanding 2020 interim tax levies for July 1.

City Council members also approved a property tax deferral program for small business property owners.

The deferral program will be available to taxable commercial properties with a total 2020 property assessment value up to $2 million, as well as commercial hotel and motel properties.

“We will be communicating further details on this program and its online application process in July,” said Walker.

Staff recommended the small business tax deferral to council based on consultation with the Kingston Economic Recovery Team, a group of industry, non-profit and labour representatives meeting regularly to advise the City during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The City says that property taxes allow them to provide residents with essential services, such as waste and recycling collection, maintenance of City parks, roads and pathways.

Property tax bills will be in the mail in late July. If you are a property owner, and have questions about your final tax bill, please visit or [email protected].

Samantha Butler-Hassan, Local Journalism Initiative

Samantha Butler-Hassan is a staff writer and life-long Kingston resident. She is a news junkie and mom who loves reading and exploring the community. This article has been made possible with the support of the Local Journalism Initiative.

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