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City takes action to Defer Deadline for Utility Bills

Mar 20, 2020

At the Special Meeting held today, Mayor Harvie and Delta Council unanimously gave three readings to a new bylaw that will enable the City of Delta to defer the late payment penalty deadline for 2020 flat rate utility bills. Under the proposed bylaw, there will be no penalty for late payment of flat rate utility bills until June 1, 2020.

The new bylaw is a measure proposed by the City to provide some financial relief to residents during the challenging times as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to this bylaw, Mayor Harvie has directed staff to continue to seek opportunities within Delta's jurisdiction to ease the financial burden for residents and businesses during this difficult time.

Additionally, earlier this week Mayor Harvie requested that the Provincial government adjust requirements to qualify for the Property Tax Deferment Program to allow for broader participation and to consider any other measures that could alleviate the financial burden that many British Columbians are faced during this time period.

"We recognize the financial burden being faced by our residents and businesses at this time. This bylaw will help provide some relief for many in our community. We will continue to seek similar opportunities in the days and weeks ahead."
 - Mayor George V. Harvie

Another Special Meeting of Delta Council will be held Monday, March 23, 2020 at 1:00 pm to consider the final adoption of the bylaw.

Visit the City's website at Delta.ca/coronavirus for updates to Delta's response to COVID-19 as well as information on services that the City is continuing to provide.

For more information on this news release, contact the Mayor's Office by telephone at 604-946-3210 or e-mail MayorHarvie@delta.ca