The City of Fort St. John says property tax bills are in the mail.
Municipal tax rates have been kept at 2019 levels. Average home assessments dropped 2% this year, meaning most homeowners will pay less taxes this year, unless their property values increased.
Residential property owners will pay $4.86 per $1,000 of assessed value to the city. For their share of taxes for the Peace River Regional District, including the regional hospital district and other services, residents will pay a combined $1.19 per $1,000; and $0.21 for BC Transit.
Businesses will pay $13.67 to the city, $2.92 to the regional district, and $0.53 to BC Transit.
Major industry will pay $26.97 to the city, $4.06 to the regional district, and $0.73 to BC Transit.
Light industry will pay $24.64 to the city, $4.06 to the regional district, and $0.73 to BC Transit.
Farms will pay $1.45 to the city, $1.19 to the regional district, and $0.21 to BC Transit.
Taxes remain due on July 2, however, the 10% late penalty fee will not be applied until Oct. 1 for any unpaid taxes.
An informal poll of Alaska Highway News readers through Facebook on May 12 found 71% of respondents said they would be in a position to pay by the July 2 deadline.
The city says it will collect $493,358 less in taxes this year than what was budgeted due to the drop in assessments and the cancelled 1.25% tax increase.
The province, meanwhile, has cut school tax rates by 50% for major and light industry and business properties, as well as for managed forest land, recreational properties, and non-profit organizations.
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