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Ferndale offering deferred utility, tax payments to furloughed government employees

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Posted at 5:18 PM, Jan 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-16 17:26:46-05

FERNDALE, Mich. (WXYZ) — The city of Ferndale is offering deferred city payments for residents who are affected by the government shutdown.

According to a release form the city, furloughed government employees will qualify for a two-month deferral period that will include water and utility payments, taxes (for those on the monthly tax payment plan), permit fees and parking.

“Furloughed employees don't deserve the economic hardship and uncertainty that they’re facing,” said Ferndale Mayor David Coulter. “We’re proud to do our part to support them until this misguided federal shutdown is over.”

When the shutdown ends, the program will continue for residents for an additional 60 days.

The program is in an effort to help residents get back on their feet financially. Also, while payments are on delay, there won't be additional late fees or charges assessed.

To participate in the payment deferral program, you must be a federally employed Ferndale resident and complete the online application here.

For more information, contact Finance Manager Candice Giles at 248-546-2367 or at cgiles@ferndalemi.gov.