Tax Due Date Extended, Arena Closed, other COVID-19 Changes

Published on 16 March 2020

In addition to the decision made in the morning of Monday, March 16 to close the Township Offices and Facilities to the public, Council held a Special Council Meeting in the evening to make additional decisions on how to cope with the COVID-19 situation. 

Firstly, Council has decided to amend the due date for interim tax bill payments in light of the precautions taken to limit the spread of the virus. The interim tax bills were originally due March 31, 2020, and will now be due April 30, 2020. No interest will be added to interim property tax billings between March 31 - April 30. 

With the closure of the Township Offices to the public, residents will not be able to pay their interim tax bills in person at Town Hall, and residents are asked to take advantage of one of the alternative payment methods available. Residents can register for pre-authorized payments, use online/telephone banking, regular mail, or drop off payments to the Township mailbox located outside the main entrance of Town Hall. You can find more information regarding your options on our Finance Page. 

Additionally, Council has decided to close the Long Sault Arena for the season, effective immediately, based on the consideration of the costs to operate and maintain the ice surface and the probability of a prolonged cancellation of ice rentals. 

Online recreation program registration was expected to begin on Monday, March 16th, however has been postponed until the COVID-19 situation has progressed further. The hope is to begin minor sports as planned in May, however more information will need to be considered at a later date to make that determination. 

Unfortunately, the highly anticipated Volunteer Appreciation Gala has also been postponed until further notice. 

The Township will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely and amend the precautions, safety protocols and service delivery for our residents as the needs require. Please continue to visit our COVID-19 Page and official social media channels for the most up-to-date and accurate information from the Township.