Oro Medonte delaying property tax deadline as residents deal with COVID-19 fallout

Township will hold virtual council meetings for the time being, live streamed for public consumption

The Township of Oro Medonte is taking steps to make things easier on residents during the fight against COVID-19.

Following a pair of special council meetings this week, Oro Medonte council is putting some added measures in place, including allowing residents to delay the payment of their 2020 municipal taxes until May 29, without added interest. First-quarter communal water and wastewater bill payments are extended until June 30th, again, without interest added.

“The Township anticipated that there would be measures required in response to the COVID-19 virus that would change the way that we do business,” said Oro Medonte Mayor Harry Hughes. “We are continuing to provide essential services, such as ensuring safe drinking water, and fire and emergency response.”

The Township also elected to hold council meetings via electronic communications, after the province voted to allow municipalities to subvert a rule that says members must be physically present to achieve quorum. Meetings will be live-streamed and available for public viewing during and after the meeting.