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Posted on: March 30, 2020

Local Emergency Order Extending Business Occupation Tax Deadline to June 1

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WHEREAS, beginning in late 2019, the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, SARS-CoV-2, emerged causing a novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, which has now become a worldwide pandemic; and

WHERAS, the Governor of the State of Georgia declared a State Public Health Emergency on March 14, 2020; and

WHEREAS, on March 19, 2020, pursuant to their authority under the Athens-Clarke County Emergency Management Ordinance, the Athens-Clarke County Mayor and Commission adopted a Second Declaration of Local Emergency activing certain emergency powers in order to allow Athens-Clarke County to quickly respond to the COVID-19 pandemic;

WHEREAS, the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in disruptions to resident and community affairs as well as changes to how governmental services are provided; and

WHEREAS, Athens-Clarke County’s businesses, including thousands of small businesses, have also been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic through business closures and reduction of hours; and

WHEREAS, the Athens-Clarke County Tax Ordinance has upcoming and reoccurring deadlines which need to be extended during this local, state, and national emergency so that businesses have the ability to fully comply; and

WHEREAS, in accordance with Athens-Clarke County’s Emergency Management Ordinance and pursuant to the March 19, 2020 Second Declaration of Local Emergency, the Manager has the ability to temporarily suspend any ordinance, resolution, order, rule or regulation prescribing the procedures for conduct of county business; and

WHEREAS, the temporary suspension of certain provisions of the Occupation Tax Ordinance will assist local businesses in responding to and coping with COVID-19 Emergency; and

WHEREAS, I believe it is in the best interest of Athens-Clarke County, its residents, and its businesses to temporarily suspend certain provisions of the Occupation Tax Ordinance in order to assist local business and residents coping with the COVID-19 Emergency;

NOW, THEREFORE, pursuant to the authority vested in me as Manager of Athens-Clarke County by local and state law;

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED, that the April 1, 2020 deadline for payment of Occupation Tax and regulatory fees be extended to June 1, 2020. Any provisions of Athens-Clarke County’s Occupation Tax in conflict with the extension granted herein are hereby temporarily suspended. All other provisions of the Occupation Tax Ordinance remain in full force and effect.

This 30th day of March, 2020.

Blaine Williams, Manager

Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County

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