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City introducing tax relief measures for property owners in Kingston

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According to a release from the City of Kingston, dated Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, they are introducing several measures to support Kingston property owners, as our community continues to navigate its way through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Assistance for property owners include:

  • Deferral of the the 2021 interim property tax bill by one month for all property owners. Normally due the last business day in February, the interim property tax bills will now be due on March 31.
  • In February, the City will reintroduce the COVID-19 Hardship Deferral Program for small business property owners.
  • Individuals enrolled in the City’s pre-authorized payment plan (PAP) may apply to have up to two property tax installments deferred until November and December 2021.

“This is a difficult time for many residents and by deferring billing, we hope to provide property owners with some relief,” says Jeff Walker, Manager of the City’s Taxation Department.

Concerned about paying your property tax bill? The City is encouraging taxpayers to join the City’s pre-authorized payment plan (PAP) or call the City at 613-546-0000 to discuss payment options and financial assistance programs.

About the COVID-19 Hardship Deferral Program for small business property owners

In February, the City will re-introduce the COVID-19 Hardship Deferral Program to assist small business property owners, hotels and motels experiencing financial hardship due to the pandemic, according to the release. 

Owners of commercial properties with a total assessed value of $2 million or less, as well as all hotels and motels, will be eligible to apply.

Once the program is launched, property owners will be invited to review the eligibility criteria and apply online to take advantage of this deferral program.

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