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COVID 19_Town Financial Relief Plan_2020-03-26

COCHRANE, ONTARIO, March 26, 2020 — The Town of Cochrane is taking steps to help local ratepayers with their utility and tax bills as well as re-examining operating budgets.

To provide a small amount of financial relief for our residents the Town of Cochrane will be implementing the following measures effective immediately:

  1. Council amended their procedural by-law to allow for electronic participation by Council members for meetings.
  2. Council has waived all interest and penalties for tax payments for a period of 60 days at which time it will be re-evaluated.
  3. Council has waived interest and penalties for monthly water and sewage payments for a period of 60 days at which time it will be re-evaluated.
  4. Previously approved user fee increases scheduled to take effect April 1. 2020 will be deferred for 60 days at which time it will be re-evaluated.
  5. Council has directed staff to present an amended 0% increase tax-based budget for consideration April 28, 2020.
  6. Council has directed staff to defer the implementation of the approved 2020 water/sewage budget and to report back with an amended 0% increase budget for consideration on April 28, 2020.

Mayor Denis Clement reiterated the Towns commitment to working with the community to provide a small measure of relief for our community in these uncertain times. “Council and I know these are small measures, but they are actions within our control that we hope will help ease financial anxiety.  I would encourage any member of our community who needs assistance with municipal services to call Town Hall and speak to a member of staff.”

We thank the public for their patience and understanding during this time of uncertainty.

For further information please contact:

Mayor Denis Clement, Town of Cochrane
705-272-4361 (p)
Darren Ottaway, Chief Administrative Officer
705-272-4361 (p)