Finance update relating to COVID-19
The global pandemic of COVID-19 is unprecedented and has greatly impacted the economic reality of many businesses and families. The Municipality of Cumberland has strived to be responsive to the needs of our residents in numerous ways.
- Service Centres installed drop boxes for payments while the buildings were closed to the public. The Service Centres in Upper Nappan, Springhill and Parrsboro are now open, although some with shortened hours.
- Operating budgets were trimmed to reflect a more modest approach to offering services during a pandemic and to be good stewards of taxpayer monies.
- A one-time COVID-19 Property Tax Financing program was established to help residents ensure they could continue to pay their taxes. This program received 13 applications.
- Council decided that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Municipality of Cumberland waive interest for the months of March, April, May of 2020 for all outstanding tax and miscellaneous accounts and that accounts that remain outstanding after June 30 will attract interest.
- Council also decided that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Parrsboro, Pugwash and Springhill Water Utilities and the Municipality of Cumberland waive interest for the months of March, April and May of 2020 for outstanding water accounts and that accounts that remain outstanding after June 30 will attract interest.
- Water shut-offs for nonpayment were postponed during the spring period, but have now restarted as of June 30.
The Municipality of Cumberland continues to be aware of the COVID-19 situation and will communicate further changes to services as the pandemic continues.