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 the middle of May 2020 and are due July 2, 2020. You can pay your taxes at City Hall until July 2, 2020 until 4:30pm or by online banking until midnight. After the Due Date of July 2, 2020, 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.
To view the Tax Rate Bylaw 4417, 2019 click here.
Please note: The Online Property Tax Calculator above includes 2019 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 email@example.com or complete the eSend Application.
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 31 and April 30 of each year. Note: Interest is not paid from May 1 to July 3.
- Complete and sign the enrolment /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?
- Earn Interest – Interest is updated quarterly.
- Currently, prepayment interest is 1.95%, 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.
- Consistent Cash Flow – Paying on a monthly basis helps maintain a consistent cash flow and easy-to-maintain household budget.
- 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.
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 2, 2020 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 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.
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/ .
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.
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. Or through www.paytm.ca by downloading 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. View their terms and conditions at www.plastiq.com . Paytm has no fee but has a daily limit to be aware of when making large payments you may have to make multiple payments on different days. Paytm only accepts American Express or MasterCard payments. 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 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).
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.
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.
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