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The City’s NO water shut-off policy applies to businesses. The City of Monroe is taking the following steps to help our residential and business customers who might be worried about paying their bills:
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On March 23, 2020, Governor Inslee issued a Proclamation directing all residents immediately to heed current State public health directives to stay home, except as needed to maintain continuity of operations of essential critical infrastructure sectors and additional sectors as the State Public Health Officer may designate as critical to protect health and well-being of all Washingtonians. This order goes into effect Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at midnight (2400 hrs).
Questions? Please contact James Palmer, Economic Development Specialist at 360-631-0050, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Yes. We encourage you to contact your landlord to speak directly about your current situation.
On March 18, 2020, using his Declared State of Emergency, Governor Inslee issued a 30-Day Moratorium on evictions. For property owners, the Federal Housing Finance Agency directed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to suspend foreclosures and evictions for at least 60 days due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Department of Revenue is asking all businesses to still file their returns if they are able to do so. Upon request, the Department will provide extensions for paying tax returns (even if the request is after the due date).
This only applies to returns that are due and not already paid during the state of emergency (Feb. 29, 2020, through the end of the state of emergency, yet to be determined).
For more information: https://dor.wa.gov/about/business-relief-during-covid-19-pandemic
Puget Sound Energy & Snohomish Public Utility District
• No disconnection tariffs for nonpayment during this emergency
• Waiving late fees for customers who are out of work
• Offering customers payment plans
• Expanded bill assistance programs for customers who are economically impacted by this emergency.
The governor is also suspending some restrictions on the rate-making authority of the state’s Utilities and Transportation Commission, to enable the use of ratepayer dollars to provide economic assistance to customers who are affected by COVID-19. This provides UTC authority to approve the expanded use of energy bill assistance funds to customers who are out of work, or working significantly reduced hours, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The state is working to compile a larger list of local bankers, financial associations, telecoms, utilities and major employers that may be able to provide relief, such as:
• Deferred bills, waived fees, discounts, no-interest loans and other support.
• Debt and late-penalty forgiveness for companies and workers in order to help keep people employed.
• Favorable credit terms for firms that encounter cash flow problems.
Yes! Please contact James Palmer, Economic Development Specialist at 360-631-0050 or by email at email@example.com
Based on current State and Federal guidance, and the City’s response to COVID-19, portions of our operations have been modified to accommodate our staff and the community. We will reassess the situation after April 1, 2020.
Permit Processing and Review:
Staff is working both remotely and in the office to review and intake permit applications, and process permits electronically. Our Planners and Plans Examiners are also working both remotely and in the office to provide normal levels of service to the public. If you have a permit currently in the review process, you should be hearing from our staff just like before. Staff will be available by phone and email during normal business hours of 8am to 5pm Monday - Friday. If you have questions or would like to speak with a staff member, please call our Permit Center line at 360-863-4501 or email firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com.
Revenue will delay issuing new compliance assessments until mid-April and reassess then. This delay includes tax warrants, notices of withhold and deliver, and revocations.
Upon request, Revenue will work with taxpayers that are impacted by COVID-19 to adjust payment plan amounts or extend payment dates 30 to 60 days. If payment is extended, additional penalties that would have normally accrued during the extension period will be waived.
Businesses with a temporary registration that have had their event cancelled should notify the Department by replying to the original email they received when obtaining their temporary certificate. If you no longer have the original email, you may send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org to cancel your temporary registration.
The Department of Revenue will waive the BLS delinquency fee for late renewals through April 17, 2020. Please check back to see if this date gets extended.
Please note that penalties and interest accrued prior to February 29, 2020, will not be waived. There will be no refunds for penalties and interest paid during the state of emergency.
What if I have questions about paying my property taxes?
Please contact your local county treasurer: https://dor.wa.gov/taxes-rates/property-tax/county-assessor-and-treasurer-websites
Businesses can request the relief above by sending a secure email in their My DOR (link below) account or by calling Revenue’s customer service staff at 360-705-6705, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Create social distancing in the workplace:
More information here.
Republic Services has temporarily suspended mandatory garbage service for non-essential businesses that have closed during this pandemic. Please contact Republic Services for additional information.