Highland County Supervisors Extend Tax Due Date & Set Public Hearing for EMS Ordinance


At it’s May work session, the Highland County Board of Supervisors approved extending the tax due date for the first half of 2021 county taxes from June 5th to June 15th.

County Attorney Melissa Dowd explained that with the recent changes the county made on how the EMS fee is assessed, the county Treasurer and the Commissioner of the Revenue were concerned about getting the revised tax tickets to the printer on time.  Dowd also explained that the Governor’s State of Emergency is still in effect due to the pandemic, so it would be appropriate to take steps to change the tax due date, just as the Board did a year ago.

The Board unanimously adopted a resolution to extend the due date to June 15th for the first half of 2021 real property taxes, the solid waste fee and the EMS fee.

The Board also adopted an emergency ordinance to extend the penalty provision, the late payment date, for the first half of 2021 taxes to June 16th.

In other business, the Board set a public hearing on the Emergency Medical Services ordinance for it’s June 16th meeting.

And the Board discussed reviewing the information on the Shenandoah Scenic Viewshed Proposal and plans to hear a presentation about it at a future meeting.

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Bonnie Ralston

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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