High Level considering extension to property tax deadline

HIGH LEVEL — High Level council are considering extending the property tax payment deadline in light of the economic and emotional hardship resulting from the recent High Level evacuation.

The mandatory evacuation order was issued by the Town of High Level on May 19th 2019, due to the out of control Chuckegg Creek wildfire. This would result in most of the town’s citizens being displaced from their homes and places of employment, until the order was lifted on June 3rd 2019.

In accordance with High Level Bylaw 889-09, a late penalty of five percent of the total past due balance for town utilities accounts, and two percent for town accounts receivable accounts is typically levied on the first business day of each month.

However, at this time council are discussing moving the payment deadline to July 12th or later.

There is no official policy governing property tax due dates, though High Level typically sets the tax due date as the last business day in June, which is common practice in many other Albertan Municipalities.

The last time the town extended their property tax deadline was in 2015, when a delay in sending out property tax notices pushed the deadline to July 31st. The only other alternative to this motion would be for High Level council to keep the original property tax payment due date of June 28th.

The potential extension was first opened up for discussion at Monday’s regular council meeting.

–Alex Rodgerson, Trending 55 News