March 30, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Christine Martin
Deputy City Manager
City of Livermore
CITY OF LIVERMORE ESTABLISHES A TEMPORARY MORATORIUM ON FINES, PENALTIES, AND INTEREST DUE TO NON-PAYMENT OF CERTAIN TAXES AND CHARGES
LIVERMORE, Calif. – Today, City Manager Marc Roberts, acting as the Director of Emergency Services, signed an order establishing a temporary moratorium on the imposition of the City's fines, penalties, and interest accrued due to non-payment of the Transient Occupancy Tax, Business License Tax, Livermore Municipal Water bills, and monthly sewer bills, if failure to pay resulted from a loss of income, increased medical expenses, or childcare needs related to COVID-19. This order will go into effect immediately and will remain in effect through May 31, 2020, unless superseded by another order. The City of Livermore’s local emergency declaration, which was confirmed by the City Council on March 16, 2020, empowered the Director of Emergency Services to make and issue orders and regulations on matters related to the protection of life and property as affected by the local COVID-19 emergency.
Under this temporary moratorium, the City of Livermore (City) will suspend the fines, penalties, and interest imposed by the Livermore Municipal Code for failure to pay the aforementioned taxes and fees, if the inability to pay is due to a significant decrease in income or large out of pocket medical expenses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, or by any government response to COVID-19. To qualify, the loss of income and medical expenses must be documented in writing. This moratorium does not apply to delinquencies that existed prior to the date of this order, nor does it apply to fines, penalties, or interest collected on behalf of other governmental entities. This order does not relieve the responsible party from the obligation to pay the principal amounts due to the City, or from any fines, penalties, or interest that accrue after the temporary moratorium expires.
For more information about COVID-19 and the City’s response, visit the City of Livermore website at www.cityoflivermore.net.