Municipal tax notices are in the mail. Payments can be mailed or paid in person at City Hall and are due July 3. Black Press File Photo

City of Campbell River tax notices are in the mail

Property tax payments are due by Tuesday, July 3, 2018

City of Campbell River property owners can expect to see tax notices arrive in the mail the first week of June, and property tax payments are due by Tuesday, July 3, 2018.

With the mailed tax notices, property owners receive a pamphlet illustrating services supported by property taxes and outlining methods available for payment.

“Whichever payment method people select, we remind everyone that, to avoid a 10 per cent penalty, payment and completed Home Owner Grant applications must be received by July 3, 2018,” says Myriah Foort, the city’s director of finance and chief financial officer. “We also remind property owners to check tax notices and water and sewer charges to ensure active or de-activated secondary suites are correctly noted in the property tax calculation.”

Property tax payments can be mailed or paid in person at City Hall. All payments by mail must be received by the July 3, 2018 due date to avoid penalty. Post-dated cheques are accepted. The city will also accept payment by debit card. Please ensure debit card transaction limits will cover the amount of taxes due. The city cannot accept payment by credit card.

Also included is an application form for pre-authorized withdrawals for 2019 property taxes.

Things to remember about the Home Owner Grant:

If eligible, the provincial grant must be applied for each year.

Residential property owners can claim the Home Owner Grant without paying property taxes.

Banks and financial institutions cannot claim the grant on behalf of property owners.

How to apply for the Home Owner Grant:

Go online to campbellriver.ca and click on Payments under Online Options then launch the Home Owner Grant application from the link on the right hand side of the screen. Use the folio number and access code (called “Access” on the tax notice, beside the folio number).

You can also apply in person at City Hall 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, except statutory holidays.

The city has also published answers to frequently asked property tax questions on its website under City Services/Property taxes. Paper copies are available at City Hall.

“The balance owing that property owners will see on their property tax notice depends on the value of their property, and on how much the value of their property changed over the last year,” Foort says.

In addition, the total amount owing on the notice includes collection for other government agencies.

“By provincial law, the city is the designated tax collector for many other government agencies,” Foort explains. “Those amounts on the city’s tax notice labeled Net School Taxes and Net Other Government Taxes are set by other agencies and passed on directly to those agencies.”

The city collects property taxes on behalf of the School District, Strathcona Regional District, Regional Hospital District, Regional Solid Waste, Regional Library, BC Assessment Authority and the Municipal Finance Authority.

Property owners who have not received a tax notice by June 8 should contact the city’s Finance Department at 250-286-5715.