City waives estimated $228K in late fees and other costs for Georgetown homeowners and businesses over next 6 weeks

Georgetown Mayor Dale Ross leads the April 14 online meeting for the council. (Joe Warner/Community Impact Newspaper)
Georgetown Mayor Dale Ross leads the April 14 online meeting for the council. (Joe Warner/Community Impact Newspaper)

Georgetown Mayor Dale Ross leads the April 14 online meeting for the council. (Joe Warner/Community Impact Newspaper)

Residents and businesses of Georgetown will receive some relief through fee waivers approved through May 31. By doing so, the six-week impact will be an estimated $228,600 in revenue to the city.

At the April 14 City Council meeting, City Manager David Morgan said the waivers will help small businesses and residents during the coronavirus pandemic.

Late fees of 10% for utility billing, including water, electric, sanitation, stormwater and wastewater, will be waived for the next six weeks. The measure is estimated to save businesses and residents $204,300.

Also nixed will be temporary sign application fees through the building inspections department. Fees range between $20 and $50, and permits will be required, but fees will be halted for the six weeks.

Security system false alarms through the police department, which includes escalating fees starting at $50, will be dropped through May 31, for an estimated savings of $9,000 to home and business owners.


Finally, GoGeo fares and paratransit fees will be waived for the six weeks, at an estimated cost of $1,650.

City Council members passed the measure 6-0.
By Joe Warner
Joe Warner is executive editor of Community Impact Newspaper. He previously served as managing editor for Central Texas and senior editor of the flagship Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto newspaper. He came to Central Texas from Metro Detroit, where he was editor and general manager of several daily and weekly publications. He is the former president of the Michigan Press Association and was on the MPA board of directors for nine years.


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