People who haven’t paid their 2018 City of Brandon property taxes will have another four months before their property is sold this fall.
Brandon City Council voted on Monday to suspend the tax-sale process as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Coun. Jeff Fawcett (Assiniboine) said the measure is along the lines of other tax-relief measures the city has implemented, including delaying the property tax deadline by a month and expanding the program to pay in instalments. The delay isn’t expected to have an impact on the city’s budget.
"Hopefully things are good four months from now that we can address that," Fawcett said.
"As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is recognized that property owners may be in the midst of an extraordinary financial situation," a report to city council reads.
Under normal circumstances, owners could lose their property in a public auction if they don’t pay their property taxes. The sale of properties with 2018 arrears was previously scheduled for Oct. 22, 2020.
While the city is already well into the process needed before this year’s tax sale, a four-month suspension means the work would not be lost. Property owners would also have more time to pay their property taxes.
A total of 56 properties are listed as being in arrears on 2018 property taxes by the City of Brandon. In total, $480,381.43 is owed in property taxes.
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