Property tax notices are prepared in May, after Mayor and Council have approved the City’s Financial Plan and Tax Rate bylaws. Notices will arrive in your mailbox after the Victoria Day long weekend in May.
The due date is the first business day in July.
If you have not received your property tax notice by May 31, contact City Hall at 250-746-6126 or email@example.com to request a copy. Questions about your tax notice can be directed to the Property Tax Department at the same contacts.
After the due date, unpaid taxes and unclaimed Home Owner Grants will be charged a 5% penalty. A second 5% penalty is charged on the first business day in September. To avoid this penalty, your property tax payment and completed Home Owner Grant application must be received by 4 pm on the due date.
In July and September, reminder letters will be sent to all owners of properties with unpaid taxes and/or unclaimed Home Owner Grants.
In January, property assessment notices are mailed annually to property owners throughout the province from BC Assessment, an independent agency created by the Provincial Government for the purpose of valuing all properties in BC for taxation purposes. Your assessment notice estimates the market value of your property as of July 1 of the previous year.
An increase in your property assessment does not mean your taxes will automatically go up by the same amount. If all property values increase by the same amount, taxes on individual properties will not change. Assessment is simply a distribution mechanism. Your assessment indicates the estimated value of your property. The property tax rate, which is based on budget requirements, is what determines how much your taxes will be. The tax rate is set by City Council each year.
Annual Property Tax Rates
After the annual budget is adopted by Council for the current year, Council passes a Tax Rate Bylaw. This Bylaw sets a tax rate for each property class as defined on the BC Assessment Roll. The total levy must be sufficient to raise revenue to pay all debts and obligations of the City falling due within the year. The tax rate applies to each $1,000 of taxable value of land and improvements.
The City of Duncan is not the only authority that taxes properties in the City. Five taxing jurisdictions – like the Regional Hospital District – derive a portion of their annual revenue from the property base. The City of Duncan has no or little control over these other taxing jurisdictions’ levies. However, to reduce the administrative cost of billing and collecting these other property taxes, the City of Duncan includes these levies on the tax notice sent to property owners each year.
Looking for a Tax Certificate?
Our Tax Certificates are conveniently available online through:
- myLTSA Enterprise: If you have an account, log in and from the main menu, select Service Providers and Order Tax Certificates. For more information about myLTSA or to become a customer, visit www.ltsa.ca
- BC Online: If you are already a customer of BC Online, log in and select Tax Certificates Online from the main menu. For more information about BC Online or to become a customer, visit www.bconline.gov.bc.ca
- APIC: If you prefer to pay for the tax certificate by credit card, please visit www.apicanada.com to open an account and order your Tax Certificate
Payment Options for Property Taxes
Please note that you can claim your Homeowner Grant online, but cannot pay your property taxes through the City’s online payment system.
Ways to Pay
- On-Line or Telephone Banking – use your roll number as the account number.
- By Mail – Postmarks are not acceptable as proof of payment.
- Post Dated Cheques – To avoid the last minute rush, mail or drop off your post dated cheque before the due date.
- In Person – City Hall hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm up to May 31. From June 1, hours are 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Cash, cheque or debit are accepted. It is helpful if your forms are completed in advance.
- After Hours Drop Off – Use the secure drop box at City Hall at any time.
You may wish to enroll in the City’s monthly pre-payment program. By making 10 payments during the year, instead of one lump sum, it makes budgeting easier. Once you make application, your payments will be withdrawn from your bank on the first day each month and applied to your next year’s tax bill.
Interest will be paid on all prepayments from the payment date between the period August 1 and April 30 of the following year, at the prescribed rate with a minimum of 0.25% per annum. Terms and conditions for the crediting of interest to a taxpayer’s account do not apply to payment by installments of taxes in arrears or delinquent taxes.
Please Keep Us Informed
If you have changed your mailing address, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your new contact information. Please complete the Change of Address form, including the following information, and send it to City Hall, 200 Craig Street, Duncan, BC V9L 1W3:
- Effective date
- Owners name(s)
- Contact phone number(s)
- Email address
- Property address(es)
- New mailing address
- If you have a dog licence to be updated, please let us know this as well.
Property taxation is the single most important source of municipal revenue. The amount of your money that is to be raised through property taxes is based on the budget (Financial Plan) approved by Council each year. The value of your property, as assessed by BC Assessment, is multiplied by the tax rates as set out by each of the taxing jurisdictions to determine your property taxes.
BC Assessment is an independent body that provides market value information on all properties. For more information regarding property assessments, please visit the BC Assessment website.