In June, the City of Baie-Comeau was waiting a total of nearly $ 6 million in property taxes and electric bills from the municipal unpaid, according to documents obtained by TVA Nouvelles.
The number of owners of residential and commercial Baie-Comeau delaying the payment of property taxes and their electricity bills is “higher than usual”, recognizing the City.
For payments of municipal taxes, as of the date of the 8 June, it is almost 30% of the tax assessments which were late for a total of more than $4 million.
Approximately 15% of the electricity bills of the municipal network were overdue at the same date, for a shortfall of close to $2 million.
Holidays of interest
If you note an increase in payment delays, this is because the municipality has chosen to give leave interest on the property taxes until August 31, to help people who have lost their jobs in the context of COVID-19.
“For the people for whom the pandemic has affected the family life and the everyday life, they could wait to pay”, said the communications coordinator of the City, Mathieu Pineault.
Customers of the electrical network city also have a leave-of-interest on the payment of their bills. According to Mathieu Pineault, the delay in payments does not result in financial consequences for the City.
A financial stress
The co-ordinator of Association of protection of interests of consumers of the Côte-Nord (APIC), Frédéric Boudreault, reminds us that the pandemic has destabilized the finances of many families.
“The financial stress, especially if one is not accustomed to live, because we are talking about owners who were particularly comfortable, or middle class, live in a loss of employment, loss of income, struggling to make their payments, it causes a lot of stress”, he stated.
Frédéric Boudreault reminds us of the importance of seeking help. “The APIC North Shore can help, to examine the financial situation, it is free”, said the coordinator of the community organization.