WARWICK – In light of the COVID-19 pandemic affecting Rhode Islanders, Mayor Joseph Solomon has signed an executive order to extend City tax and utility payment deadlines.
“Our nation is facing a pandemic like none of us have ever seen. We know that the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is containment – we are asking people to stay home unless absolutely necessary,” said Mayor Joseph J. Solomon. “However, for many workers, staying home means lost wages. Additionally, more and more businesses are closed, or at the very least, seeing a dramatic decrease in revenue. My highest priority is keeping people safe, but I am also acutely aware of the economic hardship this pandemic is causing for our residents and businesses. As a community, we need to pull together and do whatever we can to support each other. By extending tax and utility deadlines, we are giving people time to focus on the immediate challenges at hand.”
The executive order signed by Mayor Solomon will extend collection dates for City taxes and utilities. Payment deadlines for real estate, personal property and motor vehicle taxes are extended until May 15, 2020. Utility bills are extended until June 1, 2020. Sewer assessment fees are extended until June 15, 2020.
Mayor Solomon is also reminding residents and business owners that utility and tax payments can be made online (for a nominal fee), mailed, or left in a drop box at the Tax Collector’s Office.
“We are asking people NOT to come to City Hall in person unless absolutely necessary. We are utilizing all containment measures possible to stop the spread of COVID-19,” said Mayor Solomon. “We are asking people to do as much business online as possible. If you absolutely must come to City Hall, please call ahead and make an appointment – this limits your time here, as well as any potential crowds.”
Online payments for tax bills (including real estate, motor vehicle, and personal property), utility bills (water and sewer) or sewer assessment bills can be made at https://www.warwickri.gov/tax-collectors. (Please note that a nominal fee applies to online payments.)
The Tax Collector's Office, which is located at 3027 West Shore Road, also has an outside drop box that is monitored on a daily basis. If you need to reach someone in the Tax Collector's Office, please call 401-738-2002. Please be advised that the office is receiving an influx of calls, so if a representative is unavailable, please leave a message and your call will be returned as soon as possible and in the order in which it was received.
Payments may also be mailed to the Tax Collector’s lockbox processing center at the addresses below:
City of Warwick - Tax
P.O. Box 981027
Boston, MA 02298-1027
City of Warwick - Utility
P.O. Box 981076
Boston, MA 02298-1076
“I have put containment protocols in place across the City,” said Mayor Solomon. “We are keeping the City fully operational, but we are limiting staffing. This is for the safety of my staff, as well as the general public. The containment measures in place may cause some delays in our day-to-day business, but we are still keeping the City going. We ask that the public be patient as we work through this critical time. I know that the containment protocols may cause some inconveniences now, but I also know that we are ultimately saving lives by preventing the spread of this virus.”
On Friday, March 13, 2020, Mayor Solomon declared a state of emergency and a municipal state of emergency for the City of Warwick in order to more proactively and effectively address the threats presented by the COVID-19 virus. Under the state of emergency, Warwick’s Emergency Operations Plan is in effect and its Municipal COVID-19/Coronavirus Response Task Force has been activated.
The state of emergency for the City of Warwick is in place until further notice.
Under the municipal state of emergency, all municipal board and commission meetings, including the City Council, Zoning and Planning Boards, and Municipal and Probate Courts are cancelled until further notice. At this time, the City of Warwick remains open, but departments are making adjustments in accordance with the City’s state of emergency, as well as the guidelines set forth by Governor Raimondo and the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH).