The City of Madison has started to roll back some of the payment deferment programs implemented during the governor’s Stay-At-Home order earlier in the COVID-19 emergency.

In mid-March, the city suspended building permit fees, plan commission fees, contractor license fees, Historic District Board of Review application fees, and all debt payments for city micro and revolving loans. Beginning this month, those fees and payments have been reimplemented.

“While many areas of our economy shut down, we were grateful to see parts of our economy continue to thrive. These items conserved precious working capital, while encouraging additional private investment,” said Mayor Bob Courtney.

“We were pleased to be able to provide the community with various programs and payment deferments during the Stay-At-Home order. Because we have been able to get back to work, we are now in a place to unwind some of these programs,” Courtney said.

In addition to the reimplementation of fees, the city will also close out Madison’s job program targeted at putting displaced worked back to work during the crisis.

The City Job Program, announced March 19, provided nearly 40 individuals with the opportunity to continue to work after being laid-off or let go due to COVID-19 shutdowns. Many of those individuals have either returned to work, migrated into a position as one of our seasonal employees or accepted regular full-time employment.

Meanwhile, the City Community Outreach Program that hired additional staff to help the city’s senior and at-risk population by providing grocery and essential item pick-up and delivery when those individuals did not feel safe to be out of their homes, has been suspended.

According to the city, the few residents who continue to call on the office for help are now connected with one of the various non-profits in our community that are willing and prepared to best serve their needs.

One area of assistance that will remain in place for now is in the city’s water, sewage and sanitation services.

The city will continue to defer utility shut offs at this time but encourages residents to continue to make those payments if they can do so. The deferments are not intended to forgive outstanding balances but they do provide continued service while residents make arrangements to bring their accounts up to date.