A billing issue and the continuation of prior orders necessitates issuance of the attached Executive Order dated today. The billing issue relates to confusion over the due date for sewer and water use payments that were not included in my prior order for the delay in the due date for property and auto excise taxes.
Since water and sewer payment dates coincide with real estate and auto excise tax payments, many sewer and water customers assumed the delay applied to their use bills. I regret the confusion, and with this order, extend the due dates for those payments to have them coincide with the tax payments.
As to the continuation of prior orders, in writing those, I had hoped that normalcy could return by May 3rd. Since the statewide orders are still in place, I am extending the application of prior orders to May 15th with hope that my next order will be a retraction, not an extension.
Guidance for these orders comes from my participation in many conference calls with state leaders and from listening to the people of North Smithfield.
My thanks to all for your understanding as we navigate these uncharted waters.