Thursday, June 23, 2016

Postal Dispute Could Impact Tax Payments

Posted on 6/23/2016 12:38 PM by Pete McIntyre 107.5 KISSFM

A possible strike or lockout at Canada Post means Vernon residents may have to find another way to pay their property taxes -- or get it in the mail quickly. The postal service could be impacted by the dispute as early as July 2, a couple days before the deadline for paying taxes at the City of Vernon on July 4. City spokesperson Tanya Laing Gahr says late payments will be subject to a ten percent penalty. "In the event of a Canada Post strike or lockout, property owners are responsible for making sure payment is received by the due date. Postmarks are not accepted as payment date," says Laing-Gahr. Payments -- which can include post dated cheques -- can also be made in person at City Hall, at the drop box at City Hall's front entrance, or online through financial institutions. Laing-Gahr isn't sure what the turnaround time for mail delivery in Vernon, but it's at least a few days as the mail is taken down to Vancouver to be sorted, and then brought back to the Okangan for delivery.

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