The Biddeford City Council on Tuesday night approved a slew of measures to provide financial relief for residents amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The council voted to waive interest on personal and property taxes for the next 60 days. That pushes back the due date to June 8 from April 8.
Councilors also waived parking permit fees for May for anyone who purchased an April permit.
“Right now, it is more important than ever for us to support our neighbors and friends who may be deeply impacted by this public health crisis,” Mayor Alan Casavant said in a statement. “The decisions made at Tuesday night’s meeting are important measures to provide financial relief during this difficult time.”
Additionally, the city will provide residents with a free pay-as-you-throw trash bag for each one used beginning April 1. That move was made after residents voiced concern about the increased cost of trash disposal as a result of following recommendations to stay in their homes. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills on Tuesday ordered Maine residents to stay in their homes unless they need to pick up food and medication, get exercise, or leave to work at essential businesses.
There are now 344 confirmed cases of the coronavirus spread across 13 Maine counties, including 65 in York County where Biddeford is located. York is one of two counties where “community transmission” has been confirmed, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.