In an effort to provide help to Richmond Hill citizens and businesses during this difficult time Council made the following decisions at a Special Council meeting March 25. I remain committed to doing what we can to assist and to support additional efforts at all levels of government to help citizens and businesses navigate the COVID19 situation.
Richmond Hill Council approved relief measures to help the community manage the impacts of COVID-19. These measures focus on economic relief for residents and businesses, including:
- moving the May 1, 2020property tax instalment due date to June 1, 2020
- offering account holders the option to delay their May and June monthly pre-authorized property tax withdrawals
- requests to delay payments must be made at least two weeks in advance through Access Richmond Hill by email [email protected] or by phone at 905-771-8800 during business hours (Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
- residents who wish to withdraw from pre-authorized payment program can also contact Access Richmond Hill
- continuing to waive penalties and interest on late property tax payments through May 31, 2020
Council also directed City staff to report back on additional measures that can be taken to provide further tax relief to residents and businesses.
The City will continue to distribute water bills but there will be no penalty for late payments accrued until after May 31, 2020.
Residents and businesses are encouraged to make payments on their original due dates, however the City recognizes under the current unique circumstances some residents and businesses may require additional time.
Council also approved changes to by-law enforcement practices to meet the needs of residents during this difficult time. Effective immediately, residents can now:
- park overnight on local streets without needing to purchase a permit, as long as other parking rules are followed – visit RichmondHill.ca/Parkingfor information
- park on local streets, where permitted, beyond the 3 hour maximum time limit between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m.
- park in identified school zones while schools are closed
Richmond Hill is continuing to work closely with local business associations such as the Richmond Hill Board of Trade to support our business community. Last week, the City suspended enforcement of Noise By-law prohibitions to allow after-hour delivery of supplies to retailers so shelves can be re-stocked. A list of business resources is available online at RichmondHill.ca/BusinessHelp to help local businesses navigate the challenges during and after the pandemic. These include:
- a program for local restaurants to support their transition from dine-in to takeout and delivery only
- online seminars including new topics which are relevant now
- a team helping local businesses to access resources to sustain themselves and ultimately recover