In response to significant USPS delays, the Department of Finance will deem payments postmarked prior to December 31st, 2020 as timely.
The Department of Finance will continue to deliver essential County services to residents throughout the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As of 8:00 am on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, non-emergency County offices and facilities will be closed to the public until further notice. Operations will continue through teleworking eligible employees and alternative payment and document processing. Click here for more information.
Pursuant to County Executive Order 2020-03 suspending the effect of legal and procedural deadlines, relevant civil citation procedures in Title 24 of the Howard County Code were suspended. Similarly, the County suspended all general collection procedures. County Executive Order 2020-04 delegates authority to department directors to reimpose deadlines, due dates, times of default and other periods of time if re-imposition of the deadline is necessary for continuity of effective government operations, is in the best interest of the County and its citizens, and may be done without endangering public health, safety and welfare.
The Director of the Department of Finance administers the deadlines and time periods in Howard County Code sections 24.108 and 24.109, which concern the processing of civil citations issued by many County departments. The Director of Finance also administers the general collection procedures of the County. The Director of Finance finds that the re-imposition of the deadlines and time periods in 24.108 and 24.109 related to civil citations and all of the due dates for bill payments administered by the Department of Finance are necessary for continuity of effective government operations, is in the best interest of the County and its citizens, and may be done without endangering public health, safety and welfare. Therefore, the deadlines, due dates, times of default, and other relevant time periods are re-imposed as of June 30, 2020.
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