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Property Taxes

The Tax Clerk enacts the Property Tax Bylaw and regulates property tax rates from Council for the annual tax billing. Tax notices will be mailed out in May 2020 and are due July 2, 2020. You can pay your taxes in a few different way:

  • online – using your Roll number as your account number
  • by credit card (2% fee added)
  • at the bank
  • or stop by City Hall 

The City is delaying the 2020 property tax penalty for those who need relief as an additional measure to help residents financially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Bylaw 4442, 2020 outlines when specific penalties will be applied. To avoid penalties, payment must be received before the penalty date. Here is the penalty schedule below:

Class 1 Residential, Class 2 Utilities, and Class 9 Farm

     2% Penalty for taxes unpaid as of August 1, 2020;

     2% Penalty for taxes unpaid as of September 1, 2020;

     2% Penalty for taxes unpaid as of October 1, 2020;

     2% Penalty for taxes unpaid as of November 1, 2020;

     2% Penalty for taxes unpaid as of December 1, 2020.

Class 4 Major Industry, Class 5 Light Industry, Class 6 Business and Class 8 Recreation

6% Penalty for taxes unpaid as of October 1, 2020;

2% Penalty for taxes unpaid as of November 1, 2020;

2% Penalty for taxes unpaid as of December 1, 2020.

Mill RateAlso for 2020, Council approved a zero percent mill rate increase, instead of the planned 4.5% to Residential, 10% to Major Industry, 6.32% to Light Industry and 2% for Commercial and     furthermore Council approved an additional decrease of 5% to the Commercial mill rate.

Utility FeesCouncil also provided staff with the following direction with regards to the City’s      utilities:

  • The 10% penalty for unpaid utility fees has been waived until August 31st;
  • Sewer fees have been decreased by 16.8%;
  • Sewer infrastructure fees have been decreased by 25%; and
  • Garbage collection fees have been reduced by 30%.

To view the Tax Rate Bylaw 4441, 2020  click here.

To view the Alternative Municipal Tax Collection Scheme Bylaw 4442, 2020 click here.

Online Property Tax Calculator

 

 

Please note: The Online Property Tax Calculator above includes 2020 property tax rates.

Property Owners have the option to receive their property tax notices by email.  If you would like to receive your property tax notice by email please contact us at tax_dept@dawsoncreek.ca or complete the eSend Application.

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 bottom 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 2, 2020 to avoid penalties.

A confirmation email will be sent for online home owner grants from noreply@dawsoncreek.ca, if not received check your junk folder.

Form B (Person with Disabilities)

If you have not claimed your home owner grant for 2019 you can still submit a Retro Home Owner Grant Application and submit to City Hall before December 31.

Property Tax Deferment Program

This is a Provincial Government program that allows the deferral of property taxes on your primary residence. To qualify, you must be one of the following:

  • 55 years or older,
  • a family with children,
  • or persons with disabilities.

For more information and to apply, please visit a Service BC Centre, call 1-888-355-2700, or visit the Government of BC Property Tax Deferment web page here.

Online Banking

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).

NEW Credit Card Payment Option

The City of Dawson Creek will now accept Visa and MasterCard at City Hall with a convenience fee of 2%.

Third-Party Vendor Option

You can also go onto the City of Dawson Creek’s website and use 3rd party vendors. They will charge a user fee and you will need to allow 5-7 days for processing.

Financial Institutions  

As of 2020, the City has changed banks, so be sure to update your account information online or at your bank.

Go to the online banking website:

  • Set Up the Payee – DawCrkTaxBC.
  • Choose the payee name—Dawson Creek Taxes BC.
  • Enter the 9 digit Tax Roll # from your property tax notice with no spaces or decimals for account #.
  • Allow 3-5 days for processing as payment must be received by the City of Dawson Creek’s bank before the penalty date.

 

Pre-authorized Payments

Prepayment of taxes is recommended. 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 31st and April 30th of each year. Note: Interest is not paid from May 1st to July 3rd.

To join:

  • Complete and sign the enrollment /authorization form (PAP Form).
  • Attach your personal blank cheque marked “void.”
  • Mail, deliver or email this form & void cheque to our office.

What is the benefit of prepaying property taxes?

  1. Earn Interest – Interest is updated quarterly.
    • Currently, prepayment interest is 0.95%, compared to the majority of the bank savings accounts rates.
    • The rate is based on the prime lending rate of the principal banker to the Province of British Columbia.
  1. Consistent Cash Flow – Paying on a monthly basis helps maintain a consistent cash flow and easy-to-maintain household budget.
  2. Non-locked-in Investment – The prepaid funds are also available to the owner at any time, as the funds are not locked in and can be accessed upon request.

Property Tax Certificates

The Property Tax Department supplies tax certificates to lawyers and notary public for a fee of $10.24 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.

***NEW*** Lawyers can now purchase tax certificates online through APIC and myLTSA for a fee of $30.48.

If you have any questions please contact our Tax Department
(250.784.3608 or fax 250.782.3352).

Understanding Assessments and Property Taxes

Property tax is based on the assessment value of the property. BC Assessment has provided two helpful articles for learning more about the property tax equation and the relationship between property assessments and property taxes. Assessment notices are mailed out by BC Assessment the beginning of January.  For more information on your assessment please visit http://bcassessment.ca/ .

Annual Tax Sale

Every year a tax sale is held on the last Monday in September.  The 2019 Tax Sale will be held on September 30, 2019 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.  

Tax Sale information for potential purchasers

It is YOUR sole responsibility to verify any and all information to YOUR own satisfaction prior to any bid and determine the nature and scope of all risk related to any tax sales property. YOU acknowledge and agree that it is YOUR sole responsibility to conduct all legal, factual and other audits, enquiries, evaluations, inspections, and investigations of any tax sales property as YOU consider necessary prior to bidding on any property. Upon submitting a bid, YOU are deemed to have relied solely and entirely on YOUR own audits, enquiries, evaluations, inspections, and investigations of any tax sales property. YOU acknowledge that the City and the Tax Collector are not responsible for any loss, damage and or unresolved liens attached to the tax sales property.

Contact our tax department at (250) 784-3608 or tax_dept@dawsoncreek.ca for more information. 

Answers to Property Tax General Questions

2020 Tax Brochure

Property Tax Deferment Program for Families with Children

Property Tax Deferment Program

Property Owners who have not received their property tax notice or have any questions should contact City Hall at (250) 784-3608 or email tax_dept@dawsoncreek.ca.

For further information or questions regarding your taxes please call (250) 784-3608 or email tax_dept@dawsoncreek.ca .

 

Permissive Property Tax Exemption

Council has approved the Permissive Tax Exemption Policy at their August 22, 2016 Council meeting.  Council will consider all applications for permissive tax exemptions for another three year exemption (2019 – 2021) and all applications (existing and new) must be received by the Chief Financial Office by August 31, 2019.  

Permissive Tax Exemption Policy & Application Form