The Assistant Tax Collector enacts the property tax bylaw and regulates property tax rates from Council for the annual tax billing. Tax notices were mailed out on May 16, 2016 and are due July 4, 2016 at 4:30pm. After the Due Date of July 4, 2016 a penalty of 10% is added to the current outstanding taxes. These penalties are a requirement of the Community Charter. The City has no authority to either waive or modify these penalty amounts. A payment that is one day late is subject to the same penalty as a payment of taxes one month after the due date.
Property tax is based on the assessment value of the property. Assessment notices are mailed out by BC Assessment the beginning of January. For more information on your assessment please visit http://bcassessment.ca/ .
Starting in 2016 Property Owners have the option to receive their property tax notices by email. If you would like to be notified when this option is available please email email@example.com or complete the Email Application.
Permissive Property Tax Exemption
Council has approved the Permissive Tax Exemption Policy and Application Form at their August 22, 2016 Council meeting. All exemptions that were approved in 2015 will be granted a three year approval from 2016 to 2018.
Any new applications for a permissive tax exemption must be received by the Chief Financial Office by September 23, 2016.
Home Owner Grants
Home Owner Grant Applications must be completed every year if the property owner is eligible. The Home Owner Grant is on the back of the property tax notices or can be obtained from City Hall. Go to online home owner grant. The grant should be claimed prior to July 4, 2016 to avoid penalties.
A confirmation email will be sent for online home owner grants from firstname.lastname@example.org, if not received check your junk folder.
The City of Dawson Creek will be including the Northern and Rural Area Home Owner Grant benefit of up to $200 for 2011 and subsequent tax years on Tax Notices. More info
If you are making payment by online banking for your property taxes you will have to add the City of Dawson Creek as a new payee (Dawson Creek City of – Taxes) and use your roll number as your account number dropping the decimal (ie. if your roll number is 001234.500 you will enter 001234500 as your account number).
CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS AVAILABLE – You may be able to use a third-party service provider that offers additional payment methods, including credit cards. Property owners can now pay property taxes with a credit card through www.dawsoncreek.plastiq.com or download the app. The City of Dawson Creek does not offer the option of paying property taxes using a credit card at City Hall. Available to tax payers through a third-party service provider you can pay your taxes with VISA, MasterCard or American Express. Payments made through Plastiq will incur a service fee of 2%. View their terms and conditions at www.plastiq.com . This option is available online ONLY.
Property Tax Certificates
The Property Tax Department supplies tax certificates to lawyers and notary public for a fee of $10.50 per certificate. Written request is required for out of town lawyers by email or fax and payment can be made by credit card or invoiced with the certificate.
If you have any questions please contact our Tax Department
(250.784.3608 or fax 250.782.3352).
Answers to Property Tax General Questions
Annual Tax Sale
Every year a tax sale is held on the last Monday in September. The 2016 Tax Sale was held on September 26, 2016 in Council Chambers at 10 am. All taxes must be paid by December 31 of every year. Properties with delinquent taxes (3 years outstanding) are subject for sale. If not paid, the property will then accrue interest on a daily basis with rates assigned by the provincial government.
Prepayment of taxes is recommended. Interest is applied to payments as designated by the provincial government that are subject to change on a scheduled basis during the year. Note: Interest is not paid from May 1 to July 2. Current prepayment interest is 0.7%.
With our Pre-authorized Payment option, a prepayment is made automatically on the first of each month and applied to your property taxes. Interest is paid on this prepayment on December 31 and April 30 of each year (interest is currently set at 0.7%).
How do I join?
- Complete and sign the enrolment /authorization form (PAP Form).
- Attach your personal blank cheque marked “void.”
- Mail, deliver or email this enrolment authorization form & void cheque to our office.
For further information or questions regarding your taxes please call (250) 784-3608.