Taxpayers in Monroe County and the city of Rochester now have an extra month to pay property taxes.
County Executive Adam Bello has signed an executive order, extending the due date for the third installment of town and county real property taxes from March 31 to April 30.
Bello also has prohibited in-person payments of real property taxes at all county and town facilities due to the ongoing state of emergency created by the coronavirus pandemic.
Payments made on or before April 30 will not accrue additional interest.
“In order to protect both County and Town employees and residents, I am ensuring that people don’t need to make unnecessary trips just to pay their real property taxes,” Bello in a news release. “It’s also important to ensure that residents don’t face financial penalties for complying with this order.”
The county says the intent of the order is to ensure that if a property owner is current on their installment payments and pays the third and fourth installments on or before April 30, they will not be subject to additional fees.
The news release also said Monroe County will absorb user fees for payments made online.
Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren has pushed the due date for fourth quarter property tax, water and refuse payments to April 30. They would have been due March 31.
“During this crisis, we are extending property tax collection relief to our homeowners,” Warren said in a news release. “Many residents pay their taxes in person and we want to limit the number of essential trips they need to take during this difficult time. I am glad to mirror my partner, County Executive Bello, in providing this common sense relief to help our community stay home and overcome this challenge together.”
As of 4 p.m. Sunday, there were 68 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Monroe County, with 11 requiring hospitalization. The number of confirmed cases has nearly doubled in 48 hours, from 36 on late Friday afternoon.
The number of hospitalized patients remains at 11 but the county is now also saying how many are in the intensive care unit (six of the 11). The health department also has placed 289 people in mandatory quarantine or isolation.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s statewide work-from-home edict took effect at 8 p.m. Sunday for all non-essential businesses. Empire State Development has provided a website with more information.