On Tuesday Night, Mayor LaToya Cantrell announced that New Orleans will waive any late fees on property tax bills for federal workers furloughed by the ongoing government shutdown.
“This is about meeting people where they are, and doing the right thing for our residents,” said Cantrell. “Thousands of our Orleans Parish residents have been impacted by the shutdown and are facing financial hardship through no fault of their own. This is one way we can help ease their burden until the crisis is resolved.”
Furloughed federal workers will receive the waiver when they arrive at City Hall to make their next property tax payments. In order to have the fees waived, residents must show their federal ID, as well as their most recent pay stub.
New Orleans is home to several federal offices, some that have been shut down since Dec. 22, 2018, including the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Commerce, the Department of State, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Social Security Administration.