Today, Chestermere Mayor Marshall Chalmers announced new financial relief measures for Chestermere residents and businesses affected by the COVID-19 situation.
“Today, I am pleased to announce that as a City, we are offering financial relief to our community,” said Chalmers. “Starting in April, we will offer the opportunity to defer utility payments until July 1. In addition, we are moving the municipal tax payment deadline to September 1st.”
The new measures mean that if residents need to pause their City utility bill payments, they can do so for the next three months. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to enroll. If residents pay taxes monthly as part of the TIPP program and would like to defer them, they can email email@example.com. With both the tax and utility deferral program, the City will also work with those who need assistance to find a payment plan after the new deadline so residents aren’t hit with a major bill shock.
The announcement comes the same day that the City directed some business to close if the nature of their business meant that they could not effectively practice social distancing protocols.
“Whether you must close your business, stay home with children unexpectedly, or self-isolate, these are challenging times,” said Chalmers. “These measures are just one of the ways we are working to get through this situation.”
Following the Mayor’s announcement, Director of Emergency Management Bernie Morton reiterated the necessity of social distancing protocols.
“We need to prevent the kinds of outbreaks that have happened in other countries like Italy and Spain, where people are dying needlessly, because their system is overwhelmed. By practicing social isolation and strong hygiene measures, you can help flatten the curve to prevent the chances of an outbreak like that,” he said.
CHEMA continues to urge Albertans to follow AHS prevention guidelines which include:
More information and local updates can be found at www.chestermere.ca/covid19.