Winnipeg city council votes to declare state of local emergency, defer property taxes

By | April 3, 2020

WINNIPEG — Winnipeg city council has approved a plan to defer property and business taxes for three months.

Following an hour of comments by councillors the measure passed by a 15 to one margin.

Counc. John Orlikow urged his colleagues to support the deferrals, arguing people need the relief and are scared and freaking out.

Mayor Brian Bowman says businesses and others are hurting, calling the measures unprecedented.

Council also voted to declare a state of local emergency, giving the city certain powers if needed to combat the pandemic.

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