At a recent council meeting, Brampton City Council approved a new cashless payment process for property taxes and Building Division fees as part of its ongoing process enhancements and safety measures amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cash payments come with various challenges such as the risk of theft and robbery, the risk of accepting counterfeit bills and health concerns associated with the physical handling of currency.
Currently, the majority of payments are made in the form of pre-authorized tax payments (PTP), online banking, telephone banking, cheques or electronic fund transfer (EFT) and only a very small percentage of property owners make payments using cash.
A similar trend has also been observed with cash payments for the Building Division fees.
Effective January 1, 2021, the City will collect property taxes and Building Division fees for safer financial transactions among residents, business owners and employees.
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As cash payments will no longer be accepted, residents may make payments through the following methods:
• Pre-authorized payments
• Online banking
• Phone banking
• In-person payments through personal banking branches
• In-person debit-card payments
• In-person credit-card payments (Building fees only)
At this time, to ensure accessibility to groups like youth and seniors, these changes will not apply to payment methods for other types of user fees, licences and charges, which include payments for Recreation, POA court fees, Animal Services and Performing Arts.
Cashless payments offer a modern, convenient and safe way to complete transactions and are in line with the Council’s priorities of being a Well-Run and Healthy and Safe City.