Mayor Carter Announces Fine, Fee, and Collection Relief Measures In Response to Economic Impact of COVID-19
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 28, 2020
SAINT PAUL, MN - Today, Mayor Carter announced a set of fine, fee and collection relief measures in response to the economic impact of COVID-19 affecting businesses and residents. The measures include a reduction in business license fees, business license renewal extensions, waiving towing and storage fees for city impound lots during the peacetime emergency period, suspending all dunning and collection processes through June 30th, and delaying multi-year street assessments that would be levied this year until 2021.
“Helping Saint Paul residents and businesses weather this crisis is a top priority for my administration,” said Mayor Carter. “These actions show we have put every possible option on the table.”
ABOUT BUSINESS LICENSE MEASURES
Business license measures include the reduction of business license fees by 25% for all businesses named in Governor Walz’s Executive Order 20-04, including any subsequent clarifying orders. Businesses with a license renewal due before August 1, 2020 will also be provided a 90-day extension past their due date to pay their renewal without penalty. The Mayor authorized both measures via Executive Order 2020-08.
ABOUT TOWING AND STORAGE MEASURES
Towing and storage measures include waiving all towing and storage charges for vehicle owners reclaiming their cars from impoundment. Charges will be waived for vehicles in the snow impound lot through May 6 and the Barge Channel lot through May 8. This action has been implemented by the Mayor administratively.
ABOUT DUNNING AND COLLECTION MEASURES
The City of Saint Paul sends overdue notices or dunning letters when a debt owed to the City is 30 days past due, and again at 60 days past due. If a debt is 90 days past due, it is referred to a collection agency. The City has suspended this process through June 30, 2020. Overdue invoices will continue to be tracked during this period but will not be sent to collections. This action has been implemented by the Mayor administratively.
ABOUT STREET ASSESSMENT MEASURES
The City will also delay the collection of multi-year street assessments that would be levied in 2020, until 2021. The assessments that will be delayed include street reconstruction projects, seal coating, and mill & overlays. This action has been implemented by the Mayor administratively.
These measures come following other actions by Mayor Carter taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to support those most vulnerable including the Saint Paul Bridge Fund of Families and Small Businesses, the suspension of water shut-offs in coordination with Saint Paul Board of Water Commissioners, and requesting the suspension of evictions with the Ramsey County Sheriff.