City hall has been busier than usual, even for tax time.
City revenue manager Marlie Worrin said Friday whether paying by Internet, bank or in person, taxes have to be in by midnight, Tuesday, July 3.
After that, a 10 per cent penalty is charged.
“It could be maybe people are coming in earlier to pay,” she said.
“We’re surprised at this stage that the numbers are what they are.”
The one payment method she didn’t recommend was mail — dropping the envelope in the mailbox now might not allow enough time, especially with the long weekend. And the City doesn’t acknowledge a postmark as proof of meeting the deadline.
Worrin said electronic payments seem to be up this year, as is foot traffic of people paying in person at city hall. Payments can be in the form of cheque, cash or debit card (make sure you have enough on your limit) but not credit card.
The City doesn’t take taxes by credit card because of the service fee it would have to pay.
Taxpayers can claim their homeowner grant online, and don’t need to take the form with them if paying in person.
City hall will be open until 5 p.m. Tuesday. The drop-off slot in the building will be open until midnight.