IMPORTANT TAX INFORMATION

 

IMPORTANT TAX INFORMATION

Please note that due to the economic impact of COVID-19 there are some changes to 2020 taxes. Council recognizes that this is an unprecedented year so they are reducing the penalties for late tax payments for this year only.

Any taxes paid after July 31, 2020 will be subject to a 4% interest fee, where in past years it was 8%. Also any taxes paid after October 1, 2020 will have an additional 5% interest fee charged rather than the previous 10%. In the event the taxes have not been paid by December 31, 2020 an additional 18% penalty will be applied to the outstanding balance.

We do offer a payment plan for property tax.

Property taxes are calculated on a calendar year bases i.e. January 1- December 31 of each year. When setting up a payment plan you have two options:

  1. You can pay the calculated amount from January 1 to the current month up front and the rest of the year monthly.
  2. Have the total levy divided by the remaining months. If you choose this option the payments will be adjusted for the 2021 tax year, as of January 1, 2021.

Any payment plans must be set up by July 15th to avoid penalties.

Payments will be withdrawn from the specified bank account on the 1st of each month automatically; therefore a void cheque is required when setting up the payment plan.

Feel free to call or stop by the office if you have any questions or to set up a payment plan.

SELF ISOLATION INFORMATION

Self Isolation means avoiding situations where you could infect other people.

  • What to do

If you need to self-isolate, follow these guidelines:

    • stay home – do not attend work, social events or any other public gatherings
    • avoid close contact with other people – especially seniors and people with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems
    • watch for symptoms in yourself or a family member

Monitor your symptoms

If you have symptoms, like a dry cough, fever, fatigue or difficulty breathing:

    • stay home – do not go to an ER or clinic
    • take the COVID-19 self-assessment to determine next steps and find out if testing is required

WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN AND THOROUGHLY WITH SOAP & WATER at least 20 seconds.

Anyone who is feeling ill, even if they have not travelled should stay home and not visit hospitals, long term care facilities or supportive living accommodations. If you just recently returned from outside of the country your should self isolate for 14 days and monitor for symptoms.

FURTHER UPDATE FROM AHS AS OF MARCH 20, 2020

Q: What does self-isolation mean? What should I do or not do?

Welcome back to Canada:

While outside of Canada, you may have come in contact with the virus that causes COVID-19. This document should help you with your questions.

If you have any other questions, please visit the website of your local or provincial health authority. If you live here in Alberta, please visit www.alberta.ca/covid19 for the latest information.

Q: I just returned from travel. What do I need to do now?

A: For the next 14 days:

You are required to Self-isolate

  • This means staying home and keeping your distance from others;
  • Do not have visitors, especially older adults, or those with medical conditions, who are at a higher risk of developing serious illness;
  • Do not go into stores to buy groceries;

 

Monitor your health for fever (greater or equal to 38°C) and cough.

If you develop these symptoms, maintain self-isolation and;

    • Visit the provincial or territorial public health website where you are located for more information, including when to contact your public health authority.
    • If you live here in Alberta, visit ahs.ca/covid or call 811.
    • If you require emergency care for shortness of breath, call 911 and inform them you may have COVID19

Q: What else can I do to reduce my chance of illness?

A: Please also be sure to:

    • Wash your hands frequently with warm water and soap
    • Avoid touching your face
    • Avoid contact with sick people
    • Cover your mouth with your arm when you cough or sneeze
    • Clean and disinfect surfaces regularly
    • And again: Stay home

If you are staying here in Alberta, please visit www.alberta.ca/covid19 for more information.

Q: What does self-isolation mean? What should I do or not do?

A: Self-isolation means

    • Avoiding situations where you could infect other people.
    • This means staying home and not going to any situations where you may come in contact with others, such as social gatherings, work, school, child care, athletic events, university, faith-based gatherings, healthcare facilities, grocery stores, restaurants, shopping malls, and all public gatherings.
    • If you are still travelling, use your vehicle for self-isolation and services that allow for social distancing such purchasing groceries in advance for pickup and purchasing fuel at the pump;
    • You should also not (where possible) use public transportation including buses, taxis, or ride sharing.
    • When you return home use delivery or pick up services for errands such as grocery shopping, and if you absolutely must leave your home for an urgent essential errand, as a precaution to reduce risk of spread, you should wear a surgical mask while you are out. Most grocery stores have pick-up or delivery services available. There may also be organizations in your community that provide meals delivered. Services are also available to have meal kits and recipes delivered to your door.
    • Avoid having visitors to your home. It is okay for friends, family or delivery drivers to drop off food on the doorstep.
    • Avoid sharing household items such as dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels and pillows with other people in your home. Wash after using

During this time, it is important that you monitor your health for symptoms like fever or cough, and contact your local or provincial health authority if you have any concerns.

SNOW AND ICE MUST BE CLEANED FROM SIDEWALKS

The Town of Provost Bylaw 06/2015 states:

6.1      No Person shall place, abandon, throw or deposit any object, Debris, Ice, Snow or substance on any street, highway or public place in the Town whereby such object may cause danger, damage or inconveniences to Pedestrians or vehicles using the streets, highways or public place. The costs of and expenses of any removal which the Town may incur shall be invoiced to the owner, as determined, who left the debris, ice, snow or substance. Should the owner not pay the Town for these services they may be charged to the tax roll of the property owner to be recovered in a like manner as with other taxes.

6.30    Within a period of forty-eight (48) hours after the end of a rainfall or snowfall that has left the streets covered with snow or ice, the Owner of every business premises, vacant business premises and residential property abutting a Town sidewalk, shall remove snow or ice and take reasonable measures to make the portion of the public sidewalk on the front and flank of his property safe for Pedestrians. The foregoing shall not be construed to relieve Pedestrians from duty of due care.

6.31    When an Officer considers that an Owner of a business or residence premises has failed to meet the requirements of Section 6.30 hereto, then the Owner shall be advised that failing immediate improvement of the sidewalk condition, the Town may use it’s own employees or hire a contractor to remediate the situation and will charge the cost thereof to the Owner of the abutting property. Should the Property Owner not pay the Town for these services they may be charged to the tax roll of the Property Owner to be recovered in like manner as with other taxes

6.33    Every occupant, and in case there is no occupant, the Owner of every house, shop, building, church or chapel, abutting on or erected within ten feet of any street, sidewalk, lane, alley or Public Place shall whenever snow or ice shall accumulate on the roof or eaves of such building, to an extent that it shall be dangerous to Persons passing, cause the same to be removed at once, and every Person while removing the same shall take due and proper care and precaution for the warning and safety of Persons passing.

6.34    No Person shall cause any injury to any sidewalk in the Town by striking, picking or cutting the same with any shovel, pick, crow-bar or other metal instrument, whether such Person is engaged in removing snow or ice from the sidewalk or not.

The bylaw enforcement officer will no longer issue notices to those who refuse to clear the snow from the sidewalks, instead you will receive a violation ticket for $100 for the first offence and $250 for every subsequent offence.  

RV/TRAILERS MUST BE ATTACHED TO VEHICLE & CANNOT BE PARKED FOR MORE THAN 48 HRS

RECREATION VEHICLES / TRAILERS MUST BE ATTACHED TO A VEHICLE AND CANNOT BE PARKED FOR MORE THAN 48 HRS.

Town of Provost Bylaw – 06/2015, Public Places;

Section 6.1 states: No person shall place or leave on or across any part of a Town sidewalk, a cord, cable or hose unless secured in a manner as to not cause a tripping hazard. ($100)

Section 9.1 (h) states: No person shall park any recreational vehicle, attached trailer or holiday trailer (whether designed for occupancy by persons or for the carrying of goods or equipment), on a highway or street for a period not exceeding 48 hours unless said trailer is attached to a vehicle by which it may be propelled or drawn and when so attached, the trailer shall be deemed part of the vehicle and subject to the registrations pertaining to vehicles. ($100)

The provision does not apply to: a construction trailer unattached on a highway or street that is involved with work being done on a work site and the construction trailer is parked directly adjacent to the said work site. The said construction trailer can only be parked on the highway between the hours of 7:00 am and 7:00 pm.