2017 Property Tax Changes for Municipalities & Regional Districts

This information is to help Municipalities and Regional Districts understand important process changes in the 2017 tax year such as reporting home owner grants, submission of annual requisitions and utility debts.

Here’s where you can find up-to-date resources and training materials to help you prepare for these important changes. Over the next several months we will continue to update this web page to provide you with important information you need.

Municipalities

School and Police Tax Administration

Publications

Home Owner Grant Administration Manual

The Home Owner Grant Administration Manual for Municipalities assists municipalities to administer the home owner grant program.

Background Information

These slideshow presentations (available in PDF format) were used by the Municipal – Finance working group to assist discussion during the consultation phase, and are included here simply as background information.

 Training Materials

These slideshow presentations (available in PDF format) and videos are training resources that provide information on important changes in the 2017 tax year.

 

Systems-Related Resources

The information in this section is intended to help municipalities identify changes that may be required to their tax system and notices.

  • Home Owner Grant Application Form (Word) - This Word version of the Application for Home Owner Grant, which enables the text to be cut and pasted, may be useful to municipalities when redesigning the home owner grant application that appears on the property tax notice.

  • Home Owner Grant Claim File Specifications (Excel) - This file specification document has the requirements for the home owner grant claim file.

  • Property Tax Notice Home Owner Grant Application (PDF) - This presentation provides suggestions to help tax collectors modify their version of the home owner grant application that appears on the property tax notice.

  • 2017 Home Owner Grant FAQs (PDF) - This information sheet may be useful to municipalities for answering frequently asked questions about the home owner grant program. Some or all of these questions could be
     

    • included on the back of the property tax notice, or as an insert with the notice
    • added to the municipality’s website, or
    • used as a handout at the counter
  • 2017 Home Owner Grant FAQs (Word) - This is the Word version of the information sheet

(Training materials will be added when available)

 


Regional Districts and Regional Hospital Districts

These PowerPoint presentations were used by the Municipal – Finance working group to assist discussion during the consultation phase, and are included here simply as background information.
 

Regional Districts may submit an informational insert to be printed and mailed out with Rural Property Tax Notices each year. The insert will be sent to owners of all folios within a regional district, except owners with BC Assessment Bulk Mail codes.

A finalized tax notice insert must be submitted by April 1st each year as a file attachment using eTaxBC. Content will not be reviewed due to resource and time constraints. No changes to content may be made after April 1st.

Regional Districts must ensure that the insert conforms to the tax notice insert margin and sizing guidelines. Inserts that fail to comply will be rejected and not sent out.
 

These PowerPoint presentations and videos are training resources that provide information on important changes coming into effect in 2017.

Ad Valorum Requisitions

Fees and Charges Transferred to Taxes

Parcel Tax Requisitions