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IW delays late fees for real estate taxes

ISLE OF WIGHT

Isle of Wight County’s real estate tax bills are still due on Friday, June 5, but late fees won’t apply until after Monday, Aug. 3.

That was what Isle of Wight County’s Board of Supervisors decided at its meeting last week. According to Assistant County Administrator Don Robertson, the delay in imposing penalties is for the benefit of residents whose incomes may have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has resulted in reduced hours or even closures of many local and regional businesses.

Robertson added that county residents who are experiencing financial difficulty can also contact the county treasurer’s office to enter into a payment plan, which would allow them to pay their taxes in installments.

At a previous meeting, Isle of Wight’s supervisors also authorized the suspension of utility cutoffs for non-payment of bills for the duration of the county’s state of local emergency.