Mount Royal, March 23, 2020 – The Town Council announced new measures to reduce the tax burden on residents and businesses at its regular meeting tonight. As a result, the second instalment of Mount Royal property tax, originally due on May 26, has been postponed to June 25, 2020. Cheques post-dated to May 26 will not be cashed until this new deadline. The Town hopes this measure will help support its taxpayers through uncertain times as each household and workplace does everything possible to combat the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
The Town Council also announced that interest on overdue payments, including tax arrears, will be suspended until the same date. Effective immediately, the interest rate calculated daily by the Town on all outstanding debt for the current year to date will be 0% until June 25.
“The many prevention initiatives that the Town has rolled out recently are making up most of our efforts. But along with the public hygiene measures to be implemented and maintained, we remain sensitive to the reality of the Mount Royal residents and businesses suffering from significant revenue losses,” said Mayor Philippe Roy. “We encourage residents to continue following the voluntary self-isolation and social distancing rules.”
For nearly two weeks, the Town has been implementing a series of exceptional hygiene measures in its buildings. It is also providing the public with contact information for pandemic information resources and circulating appropriate health advice. Instead of visiting municipal facilities, the Town is encouraging residents to call, email or use its online services whenever possible.
All recreational activities and other gatherings are cancelled indefinitely, including activities at the Pierre-Laporte swimming pool. Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) meetings have been suspended, Town Council meetings will be held behind closed doors, and all municipal buildings and other public facilities will remain closed until further notice. Most municipal employees are working from home, but this has not affected the provision of essential services.
Contact the Town when needed
Until municipal buildings reopen, emailing and calling (514-734-2900) are the only communication options available. It is important to note that for now, the forced reduction in administrative staff will result in varying delays. Residents are encouraged to visit the Mount Royal website (www.ville.mont-royal.qc.ca/en) if they are looking for general information.
Questions about coronavirus and available resources?
Ask the right person: consult an expert at the province’s COVID-19 hotline (514-644-4545).
To stay up to date on the situation in Quebec: www.quebec.ca/en/health/health-issues/a-z/2019-coronavirus.