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Posted on: March 29, 2020

[ARCHIVED] County Exec and town officials discuss hardship grace tax collectio period for those who lost jobs r

Town, county and fire districts are discussing providing a grace period re: payment of taxes (due April 30th) to those who lost jobs. County Executive Latimer will provide legislators with options (extension of time) later this week. Video in full text

county/town/fire district tax update--will you have to pay by April 30
  The town collects county, town and paid fire district taxes which are due on April 30th. In recent weeks I have had discussions with the County Executive and with town officials from around the county and with the Fairview and Hartsdale Fire Chiefs about providing a grace period-an extension of the deadline to pay taxes to those who have experienced significant hardships: loss of a job as a result of the coronavirus crisis. The Fairview and Hartsdale Commissioners support a grace period. Haven’t heard back from Greenville Fire Commissioners yet.
  The town guarantees the county 100% of the taxes owed to the county and is required by law to provide the county with the taxes owed to them whether we collect the taxes or not from taxpayers. The only way we would be able to implement a grace period/hardship initiative is with county government support.    County Executive George Latimer indicated to town officials during our conference calls this past week that he has directed the County Attorney to provide the Westchester County Board of Legislators with options. These options will be forwarded to the Legislature Wednesday of this coming  week. Once the County Executive submits options to the Legislature the Legislators will have to  review and then decide if they will  adopt an extension for those who have experienced hardships.  I am a member of the Town Supervisors Association and confer very frequently with my colleagues. We all agreed to work together with the county and hope to come up with a plan that is fair --and will enable local and county governments to continue to provide services to taxpayers.  Until a law is approved, the due date for taxes is April 30th. 

  I will keep you informed.  WPCNR, a White Plains website, posted a video link to the County Executive’s discussion of this issue yesterday. Check the website: www.wpcnr.com and scroll down to the second video if you want to hear his comments.  Should report back later this week.
PAUL FEINER

There are two video’s if you scroll down. Listen to the 2nd video--after about 5 minutes into the video you can hear the County Executive  discuss the issue of tax collection
COUNTY EXECUTIVE LATIMER DELIVERS “STATE OF CORNAVIRUS IN WESTCHESTER.” INFECTIONS PARALLEL POPULATION. EMPHASIZES SOCIAL DISTANCING. SELECTS NEW SITES FOR TESTING, EXPANDING HOSPITAL CAPACITY. CONSIDERS COUNTY TAX COLLECTION ISSUE.
Posted on March 28, 2020 by John Bailey

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