Statement from Dan McAllister, Treasurer-Tax Collector, About COVID-19 and Property Taxes

04/11/20

I am sure there is no one among us who hasn’t been touched in some way, shape or form by the COVID-19 pandemic. I want to be sure that the tax-paying public who are affected by COVID-19 are aware that they may qualify to have their late payment penalties waived.

This penalty forgiveness will pertain only to second installments in the 2019-2020 tax year, and it will not eliminate the need for taxpayers to pay their taxes. Rather it will help lift an added burden for the taxpayer at this time. Those who are not able to pay their installment because of COVID-19 will be able to submit a penalty cancellation request when they send in the taxes they owe between April 11 and June 30. We will examine each penalty cancellation request and the supporting documentation on a case-by-case basis.

This is the right thing to do in these uncertain times for our taxpayers. We act as stewards of the public and are guided by the motto, “The noblest motive is the public good,” which is at the heart of our collective county conscience. Indeed, we are bound together in a common purpose to do the right thing.  This is a time to be compassionate, sensitive and understanding.