Municipal Property Taxes and COVID-19 Related Financial Hardship
Municipal Property Tax Bills have now been mailed out.
Many individuals and businesses in Altona are being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to the financial impact of the pandemic on the community, the Town of Altona Council decided to freeze 2020 municipal taxes to help ease the financial burden on taxpayers.
On April 3, 2020, the Province of Manitoba announced cash flow tax relief measures to Manitobans facing financial challenges. Among these measures, it would be working with municipalities to ensure that interest on provincial education taxes and school division fees would not be charged for those needing additional support. Municipalities were encouraged to do the same with respect to their own taxes.
In addition to the municipal tax freeze, Town Council decided to implement a Financial Hardship Interest Relief Program to support the Province’s cash flow tax relief measure. Interest on 2020 property taxes, due on July 31, 2020, will be waived for property owners experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Financial hardship refers to; individuals who have experienced loss of employment income; or, businesses whose continuity of operations are jeopardized. The relief from interest will be in place until September 30, 2020 unless the relief program is extended by a decision of the Town of Altona Council.
While there are no specific reporting requirements, individuals are asked to apply for interest relief by completing and signing the attached declaration form. Interest relief will not be applicable to other outstanding amounts including 2019 or prior year property taxes, utility bills or accounts payable to the Town of Altona.
This form may be submitted by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), fax (204-3241550), or mail to the Town of Altona Administration Office at PO Box 1630, Altona, MB, R0G 0B0. It may also be submitted by placing it in the drop-box at the Civic Centre (111 Centre Avenue, Altona MB).