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Port Coquitlam property tax, utility bills deadline extended to end of September

Port Coquitlam's City Hall. (Courtesy City of Port Coquitlam)

Port Coquitlam business owners and homeowners are getting more time to pay utility bills, property taxes

Mayor says it brings the city in line with the provincial deadline

PORT COQUITLAM (NEWS 1130) — Business owners and homeowners in Port Coquitlam are getting another month to pay their property taxes and utility bills as the pandemic drags on.

Mayor Brad West says the new September 30 due date brings the city in line with the provincial deadline for business taxes announced two weeks ago.

“We thought it was important we align our due dates with those due dates and provide some additional support to our residents and local businesses,” he says.

“Ideally, you would actually have this be uniform across Metro Vancouver, but also the entire province. But different cities are in different financial situations.”

West also says the move is aimed at giving people a bit of a break during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“And this comes on top of some previous things that we’ve announced. Most significantly, we’ve reduced the 2020 property tax increase to zero,” he says.

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Earlier this month, the city reduced property taxes and initially deferred taxes and utility payments to the beginning of September.

“We are continuing to monitor the situation very closely and are committed to do everything we can to support our residents and local businesses during this time,” West says in a tweet.

“Our responsible decision-making and strong focus means that the city’s financial house is in order and this allows us to support people and businesses in our community who need it.”