City providing flexibility to pay bills - Property tax and utility payment financial relief measures
The City of Regina is providing residents added flexibility to defer payments in the coming months in an effort to ease the financial strain felt by many during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency.
Today, Council approved the immediate implementation of the Utility Payment Deferral Program, which will enable residents and businesses to defer payments toward their water utility account for up to six months with no late payment charges or interest charges applied.
“We understand the financial constraints and uncertainty that many residents and business owners are facing,” says Mayor Michael Fougere. “The health and well-being of our community is of foremost concern, and that includes having added peace of mind that residents will have the essential services they need and that we will face these challenging times together.”
The City is suspending all payment collection activity on overdue utility accounts, and no water service will be shut off for residents with outstanding account balances or who are unable to pay. Residents are also encouraged to contact the City to discuss a customized payment plan that will provide the financial flexibility they need.
As an added measure to ease financial concerns for residents, the City is proposing to postpone the deadline to pay 2020 property taxes. Tax notices will be issued on schedule in May but property owners will have until after September 30 before penalties are applied.
Residents may also sign up for Budget Billing and the Tax Installment Payment Program Service (TIPPS) online at Regina.ca. Both services enable residents to pay for their utility bills and property taxes in smaller installments deducted monthly from their financial institution.