Council Authorizes 0% Tax Increase at Special Meeting

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March 31, 2020

Council Authorizes 0% Tax Increase at Special Meeting
Council will continue holding Special Meetings as needed online until further notice

HIGH RIVER, AB – High River Town Council held its first successful online meeting on March 30, 2020 to discuss high priority matters related to the current COVID-19 pandemic. During the meeting, Council members voted unanimously for a zero percent tax increase for 2020, to lessen the financial impacts on residents. As well, all penalties and interest for late payment of current utility bills and the Tax Incentive Payment Plan (TIPP) are also waived until June 30, 2020.

“Council is in full agreement on a zero percent tax rate,” says Mayor Craig Snodgrass. “Our priorities are the health and wellbeing of our residents, and to do all we can to support the community throughout the COVID-19 crisis. We will continue to explore ways to encourage residents and businesses for as long as it takes.”

High River’s Town Council will continue to hold Special Meetings live online as needed to address ongoing matters of high priority to the community. All regular meetings are cancelled until the end of May, along with all board and committee meetings.

“In addition to being members of Council, we are also members of this community,” adds Mayor Snodgrass. “Residents are our neighbours, friends, family and fellow business owners. We care about getting this right. That includes reinforcing the rules regarding physical distancing and hygiene, as we do our part to stop the spread. We know this community will stand strong.”

The zero percent tax increase will not impact 2020 Capital Plan with projects currently being tendered and awarded. Residents are reminded that if they can pay their bills, they will avoid a larger future balance. This is solely a waiver of any penalties and interest that may accrue on overdue payments.  NSF cheque charges will also be waived during this period.

All Special Meeting dates, agendas and minutes will be posted on the Town’s website. The meetings, along with the Mayor’s Thursday Facebook Live Updates, are available on the Town’s YouTube channel.

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