The marked slowdown in mail delivery that began with the June appointment of Louis DeJoy as US postmaster general and reached a critical peak during the 2020 holiday shopping season has reached the local level, apparently. According to Rosendale officials, the 2021 property tax bills that the town mailed out on January 4 took several weeks to be delivered, prompting a decision to forgive late fees this year.
Councilman Chris Pryslopski reported at the February 10 Town Board meeting that many Rosendale residents had not received their property tax bills until the third week in January, and some not until the first week in February – after the official January 31 payment deadline. “It was an item of concern for the town as soon as we realized something had gone wrong with the mail,” Pryslopski said.
At the urging of town assessor Debbie Checchia, whose staff had been working overtime for weeks to supply worried taxpayers with duplicate bills, the Town Board voted to pass a resolution waiving all late fees on property tax payments. “The trouble with the mail is out of the town’s control, so we want to be as accommodating as possible,” said councilman Ernest Klepeis.