Update from Mayor Johnson on COVID-19 - 3-26-20
Below is an update from Mayor Craig Johnson which was sent out using the Village's emergency alert system through the Northwest Central Joint Emergency Management System at 6pm on 3/26/20. If you did not receive a phone call, text or e-mail with this information, you may need to register to receive alerts. Click here to register for emergency alerts.
Hello, this is Mayor Craig Johnson. Today I want to provide an update on how Elk Grove Village is working to ease the financial burden and stress caused by the coronavirus pandemic and to share how you can help ensure the safety and wellbeing of our entire community.
This week, the Village Board and I approved a 2.8 million dollar residential and business coronavirus relief package. Here’s how the relief package will work:
The Village will provide every household with a 200 dollar water bill credit, which will appear on water bills beginning in May. The credit can be applied over two or more billing cycles. We are requiring each landlord and condo association to pass these savings on to you.
We are waiving the annual business licensing fees due June 1. This amounts to 500,000 dollars in relief to 2,200 businesses. Nearly half of the business relief will go to our restaurants, bars and hotels.
Additionally, we have put in place a grace period for all payments to the Village effective from now through the end of May. If you have payments to the Village coming due, you can delay those payments for up to two months without penalty.
We know this will not resolve all the financial challenges our community faces, but we want to do what we can to help support you during this difficult time. We will endure this challenge as a community by sticking together and supporting one another.
Last week, the Governor issued a stay-at-home order in an effort to flatten the curve to avoid overwhelming our health system during this public health crisis. The stay-at-home order is in place to help protect our community, and it is critical that we all take this order seriously.
We need your support in this. You can still leave their house to get groceries, medicine, and to get fresh air, but must maintain a 6 foot distance from others. While parks remain open, playgrounds are closed, and we need the support of parents to ensure your children are following these social distancing guidelines to prevent the spread of the virus.
We must all make sacrifices today in order to return to normal as soon as we are able. On behalf of the Elk Grove Village Board and all our employees, thank you for everything you are doing to keep yourselves, your families and our community safe as we all work to manage our lives amid the coronavirus outbreak.