Town offers 60-day grace period for tax, water bills

If you’re struggling to make ends meet as the pandemic continues, you might want to apply to a new deferral policy that offers a 60-day grace period for upcoming tax and water payments.

“There is no doubt the pandemic has caused immeasurable financial hardship on some families in Whitchurch-Stouffville,” says Mayor Iain Lovatt. “We are hopeful that this deferral will provide property owners who may be financially burdened some relief for the time being.”

The grace period applies to any tax or water bill with due dates between January 27 and June 30. Property owners who want to defer payment for the bill due by January 27 have until February 3 to make their request as long as payment hasn’t yet been made. All subsequent requests must be received at least one week before the payment due date if payment hasn’t been made during that application period.

The Town is asking property owns to request a deferral by making an online submission at It will also accept submissions in writing or email to [email protected] at least one week in advance of the payment due date. In order to apply, you must have account authority and will need to indicate your name, address of the property, the tax and/or water billing account number(s) and the nature of the financial burden.

Applicants enrolled in a preauthorized monthly payment plan (PAP) must cancel their enrollment during the period for which the financial relief is requested. Payment will then be made on or before the end of each 60-day period by other means. Property owners will need to reapply for the PAP once the relief period has ended. Interest charges and penalties will also be waived if payment of all outstanding amounts is received on or before the revised due date as outlined in the decision letter issued to the applicant. Visit for more information.

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