In response to the economic burden of the COVID-19 pandemic on residents, the town of Strathmore council has voted to waive a $54.62 fee, which is a transfer to tax fee for past due utility accounts. The decision was made at the January 19 regular town council meeting.

Town of Strathmore’s Lisa Gregory explained the aim is to not be turning off people’s water during the pandemic.

According to the town, the pandemic has caused an economic hardship for some residents. The town usually does a water disconnect after two months of non-payment on a utility account. Although, water disconnects are not done during the winter months.

There is a fee of $54.62 for each transfer of a utility past due amount, to the tax account.

The past due utility amount will continue to be transferred to the tax account monthly, but there is no fee for 2022.