Property Taxes

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The City of Prince Rupert collects property taxes each year on behalf of several taxation authorities. Property taxes are collected separately from utility fees, which are levied in March of each year.

 

Property taxes are calculated each year based on the BC Assessment value of each individual property. The City takes in information provided by BC Assessment about changes to overall property values, and adjusts the property tax rates according to the average increase or decrease in values according to property type. Generally speaking, if your property assessment decreased more than the average homeowner, your taxes are likely to decrease. If the BC assessment value of your home increased more than the average owner in Prince Rupert, your taxes may also increase.  Taxes may also increase in relation to the average value of property depending on the inflationary increases experienced by the City with respect to mandated services and community driven services.

 

BC Assessment provides property assessments at the start of each calendar year. If you would like to dispute the valuation of your home or property, please contact BC Assessment directly. All disputes must be initiated prior to the end of January. Contact information and resources are provided below.

 

Toll-Free Number: 1-866-valueBC (825-8322)

Outside North America Number: 1-604-739-8588

Fax Number: 1-855-995-6209

Online Contact Form 

BC Assessment’s website (including assessment search and comparison tool)

BC Assessment’s YouTube channel

Property Assessments and Property Taxes: A not-so complicated relationship

The Property Tax Equation

BC Assessment Interactive Market Trend Maps

 

Want to know more about how the City calculates property taxes? Check out the video below for a simple explanation of how the City determines the property tax rates each year.

 

 

Property Tax Deadlines

Property tax due date: July 3, 2018

Property owners are responsible for payment of property taxes regardless of whether or not a notice is received. Property Tax invoices will be mailed out by the end of May.  If you do not receive one, please contact Finance at 250-627-0964.

Payment must be received before the deadline – postmark is not valid as a date of payment.

If you are a new owner, ensure taxes are paid on your property.  Contact 250-627-0964 if there is any doubt.

 

Methods of Payment

In Person at City Hall or by Mail

Payments by cash, cheque (including post dated cheques), debit or money order can be made during business hours, 9:30am – 4:30pm Monday to Friday. Cheques can be mailed or dropped off after hours in the drop box.  All must be received before 4:30pm on July 3, 2018.  Post marks are not accepted as date of payment.

 

Mailing address:

City of Prince Rupert

424 3rd Avenue West

Prince Rupert, BC V8J 1L7

 

Online Banking Payments

Add Prince Rupert as a bill payee and your roll number (without the decimal).  PAYMENT MUST BE MADE 4 – 5 BUSINESS DAYS BEFORE THE DUE DATE TO ALLOW FOR PROCESSING.

Payment at banks are not accepted

 

Pre-Authorized Payments

Have monthly pre-authorized payments automatically debited from your account. Contact City Hall to apply: 250-627-0964.

 

Penalty & Interest

A 10% penalty will be added to current year taxes on all taxes owing after the deadline. Daily interest rates are set by the Province each quarter and applied directly to the outstanding arrears and delinquent property tax balances.

 

Note: Penalties and interest cannot be waived by any municipality in accordance with the Municipal Tax Regulation.

 


Access your Property Tax Information

You can access your property tax information by using our online application or by contacting the City’s Finance Department.


You can access your property assessment through this online application.



To talk to our Finance Department, please contact:

City of Prince Rupert
Roll Inquiries
424 3rd Ave West
Prince Rupert, BC V8J 1L7
Tel: 250-627-0964
Fax: 250-627-0979
Office Hours: 9:30am – 4:30pm (Monday – Friday)
Closed on weekends and all Statutory Holidays

 

Tax Deferment

A homeowner 55 years or over, a widow/widower, persons with disabilities as defined in the Disability Benefits Program Act, or families with children under 18 years of age may be able to defer their taxes on their principal residence through a Provincial government program.  For more information on how to Defer Your Taxes please see the Province of BC website (link to external website) or contact City Hall at 250-627-0964.

 

Tax Information Sheet

For more information, check out the Ministry of Finance’s Tax Information Sheet

 

Permissive Tax Exemptions

By Bylaw and in accordance to  Section 224 of the Community Charter, Council may exempt land and improvements from municipal property taxes that are owned and/or operated for charitable, philanthropic, or government purposes. (read more...)

Home Owner Grant

The Home Owner Grant reduces the amount of property tax you pay for your principal residence and must be claimed yearly before July 4th. (read more...)

Property Tax Rates

The City bases the ‘mill rate’ (the multiplier used to calculate property taxes) on the average increase or decrease in property assessment values, as well as the projected financial needs of the following year. (read more...)

Tax Sales

Each year on the last Monday of September, the City of Prince Rupert holds a ‘tax sale’, or auction of properties with 3 years of unpaid property taxes. (read more...)