COVID-19 UPDATE: Council providing options to reduce economic impact of COVID-19 on community

March 27, 2020

In recognition of the significant impact the coronavirus (COVID-19) is having on the economy, Spruce Grove City Council will be providing our community with options that will give some short-term financial relief to those who need it, including the deferral of utility and tax payments.

“We understand this is a difficult time for many people in our community and we want to provide options to help them through this situation,” said Spruce Grove Mayor Stuart Houston. “We are taking steps to assist those who may be facing challenges, while also making sure we continue to provide the services our residents need.”

Residents will be able to defer utility payments for 90 days without penalty starting April 1.

Additionally, taxpayers who find themselves financially impacted by COVID-19 will be able to apply to have residential and non-residential tax payments deferred until Sept. 30.

More details on these options will be provided in the coming days.

Residents who are able to meet the normal tax payment deadline of June 30 are encouraged to do so.

It is also important to emphasize that a deferral is not a cancellation or forgiveness of these costs. A deferral simply means that payments will be delayed for a specific timeframe, but the total amount owed will still be due after the 90 day period.

“Council had also committed to a 3.9% tax increase for 2020,” said Mayor Houston. “However, based on the current economic situation, we intend to eliminate this increase, which will result in a savings of more than $1.6 million to our taxpayers.”

These steps are in addition to decisions made earlier this week by Council to delay the implementation of a new Stormwater Utility until Sept. 1 and defer first reading of a proposed Business Improvement Area Tax Bylaw for businesses located in the City Centre Business Improvement Area.