City of Fernie Extends Deadline and Waives Penalty for Outstanding Utility Fees

The City of Fernie has taken the first step in providing direct relief to residents and businesses by extending the due date for first quarter utility invoices from March 31 to April 30, 2020. Council also authorized that the City waive the 5% penalty charged on outstanding amounts until the new April 30 deadline.

The City recognizes that these types of steps provide some immediate relief for residents and businesses who have been impacted by the recent events of COVID-19. The City remains committed to working with the community to advocate for additional support from the Provincial and Federal Government.

Mayor Ange Qualizza says, “I am encouraged by the messaging from the Province and the Government of Canada, they are committing to engaging local government and have provided us an opportunity to have our questions and concerns heard. I am committed to ensuring our needs and concerns are represented and will work tirelessly to support Fernie through this emergency.”

Council also moved forward with a number of amendments to the Council Procedures Bylaw to improve the City’s ability to facilitate online meetings of Council. These changes are significant and will ensure Council’s ability to keep moving business during this provincial state of emergency. These will come forward for adoption at a future Council meeting and are also bolstered by policy changes aimed at supporting social distancing at Council meetings during this public health emergency.