City Council approves penalty deferrals for utilities and taxes; reduces tax increase to 0%

April 15, 2020

In recognition of the significant impact the coronavirus (COVID-19) is having on the economy, Spruce Grove City Council has approved the temporary deferral of utility penalties and tax penalties to provide the community with some short-term financial relief.

During their April 14 meeting, City Council also agreed to reduce the previously approved 3.9% property tax increase to 0%, which will result in savings to taxpayers of $1.6 million.

“We recognize this is a challenging time for many in our community,” said Spruce Grove Mayor Houston. “These options will help provide some relief to those who need it, while also making sure that we are able to continue providing the services our residents need.”

Utility penalty deferral

Utility penalties will be deferred until June 30, 2020. During this time, the City is also temporarily suspending disconnection warnings and disconnections.

There is no requirement to apply for the utility penalty deferral. This program is automatically available to all utility account customers.

Utility bills will continue to be sent out monthly and residents who are able to continue paying their utility bill in full are encouraged to do so as this will help to fund the City’s operations during this challenging time. Partial bill payments are also welcome.

Tax penalty deferral

Taxpayers will receive their tax bill in May and those who are able to meet the normal tax payment deadline of June 30 are encouraged to do so. Taxpayers who can make their payments are asked to use one of the City’s tax payment options, which include monthly installments or payment in full.

Taxpayers who find themselves financially impacted by COVID-19 will be able to apply to not have penalties on tax balances applied (deferred) until Sept. 30, 2020. An online application form will be available in late May. Further information will be provided closer to this date.

It’s also important to note that a 0% tax increase does not mean 2020 property taxes will be the same amount as they were in 2019 as assessment values are unique to each tax year. Notices of Assessment relating to 2020 property taxes were mailed in January. Learn more about how your taxes are calculated and the relationship to assessment values. If you have questions, please call 780-962-7634 ext 119 or send us an email .