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The global coronavirus pandemic is being felt across the world and is affecting our families, businesses and community. For months now, City Council has been working with staff and partners, taking advice and making difficult decisions that has hopefully kept our community safe. Now, as the toll of this pandemic adds up, City Council is discussing further options to support and assist our residents and local economy, both short and long term.
One of these measures implemented by City Council on May 19 was a 2020 Property Tax Rebate Program. The municipal portion of residential/farmland property taxes will be reduced by 1.08% bringing levels back down to the 2019 rates. For commercial and industrial properties, there will be a 5% decrease to support those important local businesses that are feeling the economic pressure of COVID-19 combined with diminished oil prices. These rebates will appear automatically on tax notices and will be implemented in conjunction with the previously announced relief measures such as due date extensions and penalty reductions. Property taxes will be due on October 1st, 2020 but residents are encouraged to pay earlier if they are able to do so.
Although the Property Tax Rebate Program will result in a loss of $309,781, City Council believes that offering this support is important and justifiable during these unprecedented times.
Looking at the long term, the City is creating an Economic Recovery Task Force with representatives from various economic sectors and business owners. We hope to develop ideas and programs that will help inject infrastructure and stimulus funding into our Region, create jobs, generate opportunities for innovation, and position us positively for further growth. This work won’t be done overnight, but our hope is that through coordinated efforts between the public and private sector, we can start to recover from this crisis and come out stronger and more resilient.
If you have any questions, comments or idea for further programs the City of Brooks could implement, please get in touch with us. We’ll continue working hard and listening to the needs of our community so that we can move forward together.
Mayor and CouncilCity of Brooks