By MADDY VITALECity Council passed a resolution on Tuesday that extends the grace period to pay quarterly taxes to June 1 from May 10, in an effort to help property owners who are struggling in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.Before outlining the resolution for Council during the special meeting, Chief Financial Officer Frank Donato explained during the meeting, which was held remotely, what makes the resolution different from the one adopted April 23.In the April 23 resolution, Council took steps to help residents by approving a cut in the interest rate on delinquent taxes from 18 percent to 8 percent above $1,500.“They each provide different layers of relief,” he said of the unforeseen time.The lower interest rate for Ocean City property owners who are late with their payments is in effect for the second quarter taxes due on May 1 and the third quarter payments, which will be due Aug. 1. It will not retroactive for delinquent taxes for previous quarters.As New Jersey residents continue to lose their jobs by the tens of thousands because of the COVID-19 shutdown, communities across the state are looking for ways to help them pay their property taxes to prevent the flow of critical tax revenue from being disrupted.Donato spoke on behalf of the city, answering some concerns from the public about the resolution approved on Tuesday.The Council, he said, could not do any more by law than it had done until April 28, when Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order allowing towns to extend the grace period for payment of taxes.“Despite the opinion of FIT, (a local group Fairness in Taxes), and despite well-intended resolutions by neighboring communities, local municipalities had zero authority to adjust tax pay periods prior to the April 28 executive order,” Donato noted.Councilman Bob Barr asked for some clarification for the public about the April 23 resolution. “There was some sentiment by some that this resolution or ordinance did not help everyone — only those with higher property values, and my understanding is that is not the case,” Barr said.Donato followed up, “You asked if the April 23 resolution provided relief for taxpayers with assessments under $600,000 and the answer is yes.”The next City Council meeting is scheduled for May 14 and will also be via teleconference.
The digital open days were an opportunity for people to get a better understanding of the fantastic work happening here at Companies House. I was really impressed with the talented people who came, reflecting the deep pool of talent that we have across the UK. It was also an opportunity to see the brilliant people we have working here representing everything our cultural change is aspiring to achieve. I’m confident that people went away from the event with a better sense of the amazing things we’re doing here at Companies House and, just as importantly, what a brilliant place this is to work. We’ll be advertising vacancies in our digital teams over the next few months. These will include roles in product management, user research, interaction design, software development, testing, architecture, DevOps and infrastructure.If you’d like to find out more about upcoming digital opportunities, you can search for jobs at Companies House on the Civil Service Jobs website. If you have the skills and experience we’re looking for, we want you to be part of our ambitious programme of change. Companies House has begun a transformation programme which will change the way we work and the way we offer services to our customers. Digital services will play an essential role in this transformation.To promote Companies House as a digital employer, we held 2 open days to talk about upcoming roles in our digital teams. It was also an opportunity to show how we work and the projects that we’re currently working on.Over 300 people registered to attend the sessions at our office in Cardiff. The sessions aimed to attract people already working in digital areas, as well as those looking for a new challenge or change in career. Colleagues from our digital teams were on hand to discuss their roles and the use of agile principles and scrum methodology to deliver our services.There were also talks from our executive team about our vision for the future. They spoke about how our digital teams focus on meeting customer needs, and how this translates into a collaborative and open culture where we challenge ourselves to deliver the best services we can. As well as learning more about the work that we do, it was a great opportunity for people to see what it’s like to work at Companies House. Attendees were able to find out more about workplace benefits like mobile and flexible working, and our subsidised gym and canteen. They were also taken on tours of the building to see the working environment and facilities for themselves.Reflecting on the event, Ross Maude, Director of Digital, said:
Statewide—The Indiana State Department of Health has reported that 2074 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 over the weekend. A total of 74,328 Indiana residents have tested positive for the coronavirus. To date, 841,125 individual tests have been reported to ISDH at an 8.8% positive rate and 14 new deaths were reported for a total of 2,835 Hoosiers have died to date.Locally Dearborn County has a total of 508 cases and 28 deaths reported (up 15 new cases), Decatur County has a total of 337 positive cases and 32 deaths (up 5 new cases), Franklin County has 242 positive cases and 14 deaths (up 4 new cases and 1 new death ), and Ripley County has 208 positive cases and 7 deaths (up 9 new cases). This is an increase of 33 new positive cases and 1 new death locally.
Persaud and Goodluck wins Record ShootsTHE Guyana National Rifle Association (GuyanaNRA) is set to continue competitive shooting at the Timehri Rifle Ranges after resuming target hitting over the past two weekends.The rivalry among members of the reigning Caribbean Long Range champion team has been heating up over the past two weekends and today’s action is expected to be keen with the likes of Ransford Goodluck, fullbore captain Mahendra Persaud, Lennox Braithwaite and Dylan Fields (Vice Captain) all expected to hold their own.Winners of the past two weeks of Recorded Shoots were Persaud and Goodluck.Persaud, who missed the first Record Shoot,won on Sunday last by dropping only one point for the three ranges as he totalled 104 points and 6 V-bulls.Ransford Goodluck, who won the first Record Shoot one week earlier, fell behind his captain by just a single point, totaling 103 points and 10 V-bulls,with Lennox Braithwaite one point back in third with 102 points and 8 V-bulls.Goodluck, in winning the first competition,did so by a single point ahead of Braithwaite, 101.9 to 100.5. Vice -Captain Fields placed third. With the recent cutting of trees in the vicinity of the ranges, the wind conditions have changed somewhat.The experienced marksmen had to adjust quickly to the changing winds at the 900 yards range as it was not what they were accustomed to;underlining the high caliber of competitive shooters in Guyana.