Meyer applauds passage of tax ordinance waiving late fees

Delaware News Desk
New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer on Sept. 28 applauded members of council on passage of Ordinance 20-099, which waives late fees on late county property tax payments for residential and business properties brought on by hardships caused by COVID-19.

New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer on Sept. 28 applauded members of council on passage of Ordinance 20-099, which waives late fees on late county property tax payments for residential and business properties brought on by hardships caused by COVID-19. 

The ordinance was sponsored by Councilman George Smiley.

“We will get through this together,” said Meyer. “And we will get through this by finding those families and businesses most harmed by this year of crisis and giving them time to make payments, without penalty.”

Beginning Sept. 28, applicants will be able to apply for certification that their late payments were caused by a COVID-19 financial hardship. The online application is available at bit.ly/3i8krqx. For issues or questions, call the Treasury Department at 395-5340.

The ordinance grants New Castle County’s Chief Financial Officer Michael Smith authorization to abate up to six months of penalties charged for late payment of county taxes billed in the fiscal 2021 tax bill due Sept. 30. Penalties for fiscal 2021 school taxes and for unpaid balances of any county or school taxes billed prior to fiscal 2021 will continue to accrue.