Sharing the load
Property taxes are the District’s main source of revenue in providing valuable services to residents. Property tax bills are mailed out at the end of May and due on July 3rd. The collection of property taxes also includes revenues that the City collects on behalf of other agencies. For example, a portion of property tax collections are distributed to the Province for School Tax, BC Assessment, the Municipal Finance Authority, and the Regional District of Fraser Fort George.
Property Tax Due Dates
Property tax notices will be mailed to property owners approximately the 3rd week of May. Property Taxes and properly completed Homeowner Grant Applications were due July 3, 2018.
How to Pay Your Property Tax
Home Owner Grants
The Home Owner Grant is a provincial subsidy program, administered by Home Owner Grant Administration and Municipal Collectors. The purpose of the grant is to reduce the burden of residential property taxes on registered owners who occupy eligible residences.
To claim the basic or additional grant, property owners must meet the certain eligibility requirements and complete an application form each year. The application form is located at the bottom of your tax notice. You can also use the electronic form FIN 78, Application for Homeowner Grant. Application should be made prior to the due date for your property tax.
WARNING: Home Owner Grant applications that are incomplete, unclaimed or late will result in penalty charges. Grants not claimed are considered equivalent to unpaid taxes.
Property Tax Deferment
Property Tax Deferment is a low-interest loan program that assists qualifying homeowners in British Columbia in paying the annual property taxes on their homes. The program is administered by the Province in conjunction with municipal tax collectors.
For more information please visit the Province of BC’s Defer Your Property Taxes page.
Annual Tax Sale
In accordance with the Local Government Act, the District of Mackenzie may conduct an annual tax sale the last Monday in September by offering for sale by public auction each parcel of real property on which taxes are delinquent.
The BC Assessment Authority is a provincial Crown corporation that determines the market value of all real properties in British Columbia. The assessed value determines what the taxation will be for a property.
The District has no authority over the Assessed Value by BC Assessment and it is in your best interest to review it immediately and bring any concerns you may have about the assessed value to BC Assessment.
BC Assessment: 1-866-825-8322 (toll free) | www.bcassessment.ca