The Niagara County Legislature last night passed a resolution extending the deadline for payment of county taxes without interest and penalties until May 31, 2020. The resolution passed unanimously. This is the second extension the Legislature has passed since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We fully understand that many residents are under financial pressure, some are still waiting for unemployment checks, and that money from the federal stimulus legislation is just starting to flow,” said Legislator Rich Andres, author of the resolution. “So what we are trying to do is create breathing room so people can figure out there finances over the next month without worrying about incurring additional costs on their unpaid county tax bill.”
Andres said the resolution essentially freezes the amount that people owed on March 31 and extends the deadline for paying that amount until May 31. For the City of Niagara Falls, which has a later county collection date, the amount is frozen as of April 15 and the payment deadline is extended to May 31.
“Many of the decisions on financial relief from COVID-19 come from Albany and Washington, but there are steps local governments can take and Niagara County wants to lead in this regard,” said Andres. “This is the second extension of this deadline and we will again reevaluate next month. We are also looking at other ways to help residents and businesses since tax postponement cannot go on indefinitely.”