Annual Property Tax Sale

Annual Property Tax Sale

The following notes are intended to provide a general outline of the tax sale process. For complete information, prospective purchasers should consult the Local Government Act, in particular (but not limited to) Sections 403 to 428. The Local Government Act is available online.

The Local Government Act requires the District to sell at Tax Sale all properties whose taxes have not been paid for 3 years.

The Local Government Act gives the District Collector authority to sell a property for the Upset Price which equals all outstanding taxes + penalties + interest + 5% administration fee + Land Title Office fees.

All property sales are "as is" without warrant or guarantee by the District of Stewart.

Advertising
The Local Government Act requires municipalities to advertise in a local paper not less than 3, or more than 10 days, prior to the Tax Sale.

The legal description and street address must be published.

To prevent having your property listed in this newspaper ad, your delinquent taxes must be paid approximately 2 weeks prior to the Tax Sale date.

Tax Sale
Each year, a public auction will be held the last Monday in September at 10:00am in Council Chambers, Town Hall.

Bidding is accepted on all properties.

Prospective bidders are advised that it is their responsibility to search the title of the property in advance to determine if there are any charges registered against the property.

The minimum bid is the amount of the Upset Price.

If no bidding takes place within 3 calls by the Collector (auctioneer), the District is declared the purchaser at the Upset Price.

Purchasing Property
Full payment (by cash or cheque) must be remitted immediately. If a purchaser leaves the premises without paying, they may lose the property.

If payment is not remitted, the Collector again offers the property for sale.

Notifying Charge Holders
The Collector is required by law to search all property titles and within 90 days after Tax Sale, notify all registered charge holders shown on each property.

Redemption
The original owner has one year after the property is sold at Tax Sale to pay the taxes and buy back their property. This is called redemption.

All registered charge holders have full right to redeem the property. To redeem the property, the charge holder must remit the full upset price, plus interest on the purchase price at a rate set by the Province, within one year of the Tax Sale.

As soon as the property is redeemed, the Collector will refund to the Tax Sale purchaser the purchase price, plus interest to the date of redemption.

Rights During Redemption Period
Section 421 of the Local Government Act provides that when real property is sold at Tax Sale, all rights held by the owner at the time of the sale, immediately cease to exist, except for the right of redemption, the right to bring an action to set aside the Tax Sale, and the right to possession.

The registered owner's right of possession is subject to the purchaser's right to bring action against the original property owner for waste (i.e. damage or destruction to the premises) and the right of the purchaser to enter onto the property to maintain it in the proper condition and to prevent waste.

Damage, destruction or loss of property during the redemption period are at the risk of the purchaser. The purchaser is advised to insure his interest in the property.

Property Not Redeemed
If the property is not redeemed during the one year period, the Collector registers the new owner at the Land Titles Office in New Westminster thus cancelling all previous registered charges, except for those matters set out in Section 276(1)(c) to (g) of the Land Title Act and any lien of the Crown, an improvement district or a local district.

The new owners are required to pay the property sales tax to the Provincial Sales Tax Administrator after application has been made to register in the Land Titles Office.

UBCM-2016

POSTED: October 13, 2016 | Mayors Blog

The 2016 Union of British Columbia Municipalities convention is focused on the theme “Stronger Together”. Standing together, from far and wide, each region still stands together. Each region has something unique to contribute to the growth and prosperity of BC and is integral to the success of this province.

Water quality

POSTED: September 5, 2016 | Mayors Blog

Lately the District of Stewart has issued few times a boil water advisory.  It's strictly a precautionary measure due power outage. Without power  water pressure at our pump declined below established level. A loss in pressure can result in contamination entering the drinking water distribution system from surrounding soil and groundwater. 
To address the issue Council approve the purchase of new generator for new pump 4, to make sure that water pressure will be rebounded to acceptable levels for the remainder of the outage.  Also, Council approved a purchase of a drinking water quality test kit. 
District of Stewart drinking water undergoes  quality tests monthly to ensure that our citizens are provided with clean and safe water. People of Stewart can take pride in their drinking water - it continually meets  quality standards set out in the BC Drinking Water Protection Act and the Canadian Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality. Detailed water quality reports are available in the District office.

Stewart - the Best Town for Nature Lovers

POSTED: July 7, 2014 | Kids Blog

If you enjoy fresh air, hiking and wild life photography, see why this Bear Valley School student thinks you'll love Stewart!  => read essay

STEWART HAS THE BEST SOIL FOR GARDENING

POSTED: March 3, 2014 | Kids Blog

Read this essay from Lane Hyslop to understand why the soil in Stewart is great for gardeners!

Spring Clean Up Week

POSTED: April 21, 2017

The annual Spring Clean-up Week will be May 8 - 12!
Please see the attached public notice for all of the details

2017-2021 Five Year Financial Plan

POSTED: April 21, 2017

The District of Stewart Council invites public comment on Five Year Financial Plan Bylaw No. 908, 2017.
For more information click on this link:  Public Notice

Special Event Insurance in Municipal Owned Buildings and Parks

POSTED: April 13, 2017

If you are planning an event in a municipal owned building or park and require insurance, for your convenience the District has attached a link for easy access to quotes and payment: CLICK HERE

Public Comments on Rural Education in Stewart

POSTED: February 3, 2017

On February 6, 2017 there will be an Open House in Terrace hosted by Parliamentary Secretary Linda Larson who is seeking feedback from British Columbians on the challenges & opportunities facing rural school districts and communities.
Please visit the Rural Education Website and submit comments.
For more information, please see the District of Stewart's Open Letter on Rural Education.

Discover BC’s Stewart-Cassiar Region

POSTED: December 20, 2016

Take a look at this Auto Tour video produced in conjunction with Destination BC, Kermode Tourism, and the Regional District of Kitimat Stikine-displaying spectacular views of scenery near Hazelton, New Hazelton, the Nass Valley and Stewart, with Dr. Joseph Gosnell narrating:  www.stewartcassiarhighway.com 

Salmon Glacier Auto Tour Brochure

POSTED: August 2, 2016

Here is an excellent resource to accompany you on your travel to visit the spectacular Salmon Glacier - Auto Tour Brochure