Property owners in Kimberley are required to pay taxes based on the value of their property.
Property taxes are levied and collected by the City of Kimberley. View the Tax Rates Bylaw No. 2718. Please note, that City Council adopts the tax rates bylaw in May of each year. The City is also responsible for the collection of taxes for the Province (school taxes), Regional District, Regional Hospital, BC Assessment and Municipal Finance Authority although it has no control over the amount of taxes collected for these other agencies and it retains none of these funds for its own use.
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Tax notices advising property owners of the amount of tax payable are typically mailed to registered property owners before the end of May each year. If you have not received your tax notice by mid-June, please contact City Hall at 250-427-5311 or email@example.com
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The Due Date for payment of your 2023 property taxes will be published soon. A 10% penalty on unpaid taxes will apply if not paid in full by that date.
Online payment of your property taxes through your financial institution is strongly encouraged to reduce the number of people at City Hall. If you aren’t able to pay online, financial institutions also offer the option of paying by phone. Please contact your branch for details.
The next best option to online or phone payments is to mail a cheque to City Hall at 340 Spokane Street, Kimberley BC, V1A 2E8. Cheques post dated on the due date will be accepted. You can also drop a cheque in the mail slot to the right of the front door at City Hall anytime, day or night.
If online payments or any of the other alternatives noted above are not an option for you, payments can be made in person at your financial institution or at City Hall. For City Hall hours check www.kimberley.ca or call 250-427-5311.
Regardless of the payment method, the date and time that the funds arrive at City Hall is considered as the date of payment. Please allow time for mailing and for internet or phone payments to arrive at City Hall by the Due Date.
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Property Tax Payment Plan
The City of Kimberley offers a convenient tax prepayment plan for those accounts with a zero balance. The City will automatically debit your bank account for 10 months on the first day of the month – August 1st to May 1st. Payment amounts are estimated each year so that 90% of your taxes will be prepaid before the tax notices are mailed out.
The City will pay interest at a rate established by the Province of BC on the prepayments and apply it against your tax account, if applicable. The interest rate is 3% below the prime interest rate. To apply for the property tax payment plan, you must fill in a Tax Prepayment Plan Authorization Form and supply a voided cheque to the City of Kimberley.
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Penalties on Unpaid Property Tax and Unclaimed Home Owner Grants
A 10% penalty will be applied to property taxes not paid and Home Owner Grants not claimed by the due date.
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Interest on Property Taxes
Arrears property taxes relate to amounts owing from 2022 which are charged daily interest at a rate prescribed by the Province of BC. This rate is updated quarterly.
Delinquent property taxes relate to amounts owing from 2021 which are charged daily interest at a rate prescribed by the Province of BC. This rate is updated quarterly.
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Home Owner Grant
The Province of BC offers a Home Owner Grant of $770 for home owners who are under 65 and up to $1,045 for home owners who are 65 and older or have a qualifying disability.
In 2021, the Province changed the application process such that homeowners will no longer be able to apply for their Home Owner Grant through City Hall. Everyone is required to apply directly to the Province.
Although the application process has changed, program details and eligibility requirements have not. The Province’s new system will help to ensure that homeowners receive their full grant entitlement, including the additional grant for seniors or persons with a disability. It will also help process applications faster and reduce fraudulent applications.
For more information about Home Owner Grant eligibility and how to apply, please visit www.gov.bc.ca/homeownergrant or call 1-888-355-2700.
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Property Tax Deferment
Home owners can apply to have the Province pay their property taxes through their low interest loan program. To be eligible, home owners must qualify under one of the following Province of BC Programs
1. Regular Property Tax Deferment Program:
a) Owners age 55 or older in the current year;
b) A surviving spouse of any age, or
c) A person with disabilities
2. Families with Children Tax Deferment Program
The City is not permitted to accept applications. Applications can only be submitted to the Province of BC. To apply or to get more information about property tax deferment, call 1-800-663-7867, go to https://www.gov.bc.ca/propertytaxdeferment, or visit a Service BC center.
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Under section 403 (1) of the Local Government Act, the City must hold a tax sale at 10:00 a.m. on the last Monday of September each year.
Properties required by Provincial legislation to be auctioned by the Collector at the tax sale are those with delinquent taxes (unpaid amounts from 2019) outstanding as of the date and time of tax sale. To avoid going to tax sale, owners must pay the delinquent amount of taxes outstanding prior to 10:00 a.m. on the last Monday of September.
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Purchase Tax Certificates Online
Our tax certificates are conveniently available to purchase online through:
- Dye & Durham (APIC): Please visit www.apicanada.com for directions on how to purchase tax certificates either by credit card or using the myLTSA portal using your deposit account.