SARATOGA SPRINGS — The City Council has given city property owners an additional 60 days to make their quarterly tax payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The payment that would normally be due on March 1 won’t be due until May 1, and the remaining quarterly payments will also be delayed for 60 days, with no late payment penalty imposed. People who pay their property taxes in full by March 1 will still receive a 2.25 percent discount on their tax bill, as has been past practice.
The payment extension is part of the city’s response to the economic disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has left some families and businesses strapped for the cash to make tax payments.
“The COVID-19 health crisis caused a national, state and local economic crisis which has resulted in many of our citizens having to deal with great financial hardship,” said Finance Commissioner Michele Madigan. “Extending the 2021 property tax payment deadlines is one small way we can help our city’s taxpayers weather this difficult times.”
City Hall remains closed to the public due to the pandemic, but a new drop-box for payments has been installed in the City Hall foyer. Payments can also be made online at the city website, or mailed to Saratoga Springs Finance Department, 474 Broadway, Suite 15, Saratoga Springs NY 12866. Branches of the Adirondack Trust Co. will also accept payments.