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County government offices close, tax deadlines adjusted, and more in response to COVID-19

COVID-19 has sparked a variety of changes in everyday society both at the state and local level this week.
Property tax deadlines are still in effect, California postpones tax deadlines, and local government agencies have closed. In addition, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors announced that its March 24 meeting is canceled.

 

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County property tax deadlines 
Steven Hintz, Ventura County treasurer-tax collector, announced that the April 10 deadline for secured property tax bills is still in effect. The second installment of the 2019-20 annual secured property tax bill was due Feb. 1, and will become delinquent if not paid on or before April 10.The Treasurer-Tax Collector's Office does not have the authority to extend the payment deadline of April 10, and all payments received after this date will be assessed a late payment penalty.
At this time, the secured tax information for fiscal year 2019-20 is available online for inquiry or payments. Payments can be made in the following fashions:
Online payments may be made online at www.VenturaPropertyTax.org  with a credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover are accepted) or electronic check. Processor's convenience fees will apply, including $1.50 per eCheck transaction and 2.15% per credit card transaction.
USPS Postmarked Mail- Payments should be remitted to the Tax Collector's payment processor at P.O. Box 51179, Los Angeles, CA 90051-5479. Payments may also be mailed to the Tax Collector's main office at 800 South Victoria Avenue, Ventura, CA 93009-1290. Check, cashier's checks and money orders are accepted. The timeliness of mailed payments is measured by U.S. Postal Service cancellation mark.

 

State postpones tax deadlines
The Franchise Tax Board announced updated special tax relief for all California taxpayers due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
FTB is postponing until July 15 the filing and payment deadlines for all individuals and business entities for:
    • 2019 tax returns 
    • 2019 tax return payments 
    • 2020 1st and 2nd quarter estimate payments
    • 2020 LLC taxes and fees 
    • 2020 Non-wage withholding payments 
“The COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting life for people and businesses statewide,” said State Controller Betty T. Yee, who serves as chair of FTB. “Hopefully, this small measure of relief will help allow people to focus on their health and safety during these challenging times.”

 

Ventura County buildings close
The county of Ventura closed all of its government buildings to the public effective March 18, as a precautionary measure to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The announcement comes as Gov. Gavin Newsom directed closure of California’s bars, brewpubs and wineries, and called on people over 65 and others at higher risk of serious complications from exposure to the virus to stay at home.
County hospitals and clinics will remain open. All first-response and public-safety services will continue; and home visits and other services to vulnerable populations will also continue to be provided. The airports will remain open.
Members of the public will continue to be able to access most county services online. County staff will continue to report to work at their assigned work sites and provide services for the duration of the closure. Ventura County libraries are also closed, along with every school district in the county.

 

VCFD closes to public
The Ventura County Fire Department has also postponed all events and closed public access to all fire stations and buildings providing nonessential services. 
Effective immediately, fire station visits, fire education programs, and VCFD’s participation in community events are suspended until further notice.
These postponements and closures are in support of Ventura County’s “Health Officer Order Issued,” effective as of March 18. 
Additional VCFD service changes include the following:
1. VCFD is balancing social distancing measures while maintaining operational response. Emergency response services have not changed.
2. Fire stations are closed to the public.
3. All engine company Fire Safety Inspections are suspended until further notice.
4. All Fire Prevention related services will continue to be provided remotely, Monday through Friday  from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (805) 389-9738 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for all prevention-related questions or information.
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