With the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, many local governments have suspended in-person interactions at their facilities. As the pandemic has had a profoundly negative effect on the residents of the Town of Oyster Bay, and throughout New York State, Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino and Receiver of Taxes Jeffrey Pravato have asked the Governor’s Office to issue an executive order to extend the tax collection deadline for payment of school taxes for a 30-day period.
“All levels of government are doing everything possible to assist the public, as well as government workers, as we confront the COVID-19 pandemic. At the present time, the health and safety of our residents continues to be the primary focus as we plan for the days ahead and undertake measures to halt the spread of COVID-19,” said Supervisor Saladino. “Inasmuch as the COVID-19 pandemic has had a profoundly negative effect on the residents of New York State from both a public health, as well as an economic perspective, Receiver Pravato and I have requested a deadline extension for payment of the second half of school taxes for a period of 30 days until June 11th, without imposition of a penalty.”
Supervisor Saladino and Receiver Pravato reached out to the Governor’s Office this week to request the extension. As the tax collection deadline is currently scheduled for May 11th, reminder notices are scheduled to be mailed to residents in early April.
“Our Tax Office remains open, but we have temporarily suspended personal, in-office contact, resulting in the temporary halt of processing payments made in person, and delaying processing of mailed payments,” said Receiver Pravato. “We are currently coordinating the collection of the second half of school taxes for 2019-2020, and extending this deadline is important to continue protecting the safety of our residents.”