Municipality pauses on overdue accounts
CBRM MEDIA RELEASE
March 27, 2020
SYDNEY, NS – Cape Breton Regional Municipality will not be taking action on overdue tax and water bills for at least 90 days.
“We understand that many taxpayers are concerned about the future, about employment insecurity and the ability to pay their tax and water bills,” said Chief Financial Officer Jennifer Campbell.
“For the next 90 days, CBRM is deferring tax sale procedure and disconnection of water utility customers for nonpayment,” said Campbell.
“Any further deferral will be reassessed in June. We are also committed to being flexible, extending payment due dates, and providing options for residential and small business customers affected by protection measures undertaken by the Province of Nova Scotia.”
The deferral has the full support of Mayor and Council. Mayor Cecil Clarke says, “We are doing everything we can with the limited resources we have available to support ratepayers at this time of great uncertainty.”
Mayor Clarke adds, “We are all working hard to find ways to help ease the burden this pandemic has caused so many of our citizens.”
If you are struggling to pay your bill, the CBRM team is ready to listen and work with you, so you can stay as current as possible with your payments.
“We do encourage those that can, to stay up to date with their payments. Not only will this avoid building up a balance, but it will help us support those who are most in need of financial assistance,” added Campbell.
Customers may contact department staff as follows:
For tax billing staff:
For water billing staff: