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Magrath council issues property tax and utility deferral

Posted on April 23, 2020 by admin

Effective April 1st, 2020 Penalty fees will be waived on current property tax, and utility bills (water/sewer/garbage/irrigation) owed to the Town until September 30th. The normal penalty for late payment of property tax of 12%, normally issued on July 1st, will be assessed on October 1st.

What does this mean?

Town residents will have the freedom to choose to pay as able or defer all or some of their property tax and utility bills owed to the Town between April 1st and September 30, 2020 penalty free.

• The amount owed, does not go away, but this measure does provide you flexibility, if you need it, to manage your finances through the economic realities of the pandemic.

• You will still get a utility bill each month and property taxes will still be due on June 30th, 2020.

• If you are on the Pre-Authorized Payment Plan and want to adjust your payment schedule, please contact the office at 403-758-3212

• If you can afford to pay all or some of your bills please consider doing so as it may be difficult to come up with the money needed to pay off a larger bill before October. Also, the Town does require a cashflow to continue to provide essential services.

Magrath pool closed for season

Town Council has made the difficult decision to close the Magrath Pool for 2020. In order to open the pool, significant expenses would have been required to refurbish the boiler and for general start up repairs of sealing and painting the pool basin for the year. In addition to these expenses, the Town has tendered a Request for Proposals (RFP). It is expected that once awarded the construction of the new pool will be able to begin mid-summer. Additionally, the Provincial Order currently requires the closure of municipal recreational facilities across the Province and is likely still to be in effect impacting the opening of at least the initial weeks of the pool’s season. The combined weight of these compelling factors contributed to the decision to close the pool.

Town recreational amenities closed

With warmer weather on the horizon, the desire to go outdoors becomes stronger and more accessible for everyone. However, given the current Provincial State of Emergency this must be done safely. Additional precautions to our original facilities closures are being put in place to promote physical distancing and prevent the possible transmission of COVID-19 from surfaces.

The following Town recreation amenities are closed until further notice:

• Tennis Court

• Skateboard Park

• Lions Park

• Fishpond Playground

• Disc Golf Course

The trail currently remains open. Residents are asked to follow the safe physical distancing guidelines set out by the Province so that further precautionary measures are not necessary.

Additionally, the Town’s outdoor sports fields will not be lined or be made available for organized rental use before June 1st 2020. During this time only an essential level of field maintenance will be performed. Town Administration will review the fields decision on May 15th to reassess and determine if June 1st is appropriate or if the period should be extended.

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