Montreal flood victims get extra time to pay their taxes

With flood victims facing a long and expensive road back to a normal life, the city of Montreal is giving them some extra breathing room.

Following in the footsteps of Revenu Quebec, Mayor Denis Coderre announced home and business owners affected by flooding will have until December 1 to pay the second instalment of their property tax bill.

"The exceptional and difficult situation faced by the flood victims deserves exceptional measures" said Coderre, in a statement.

The city will send letters to the homes and businesses that have suffered flood damage, confirming the extension.

Along with prolonging the tax deadline the city announced any owner who believes their property's value took a hit because of the flood can call the city's assessment department to be re-evaluated.

"The deadline announced today, coupled with the existing opportunity to have a property re-evaluated, will hopefully provide some respite for those who are facing challenges," said Pierre Desrochers, chairman of the city's Executive Council.

The city's assessment department can be contacted at 514-280-3825.