Property Taxes & Assessments

Property Taxes & Assessments

PROPERTY TAXES ARE DUE the first business day after July 1st every year.

** A 10% penalty will be added to current property taxes outstanding after the annual due date. **

The District has no authority to either waive or modify these penalty amounts.

It is a requirement of the Local Government Act that these penalties be added.

If Your Property Taxes Are Paid by a Mortgage Company/Financial Institution

  • It is the sole responsibility of the property owner to complete the Homeowner Grant – application every year (if eligible). You must submit your application to the Office in person, online or by mail by the due date in order to avoid penalties.
  • Your mortgage company is advised of property taxes payable only.

Why have my property taxes increased?
The following factors may affect the amount of your tax bill:

  • Increase in the Tax Rate
  • Change in Assessment Values
  • Increase in Taxable Value
  • New or increased Utility charges
  • New Local Improvement charges
  • Changes in Home Owner Grant status

The Relationship Between Property Assessment and Municipal Property Taxes
Municipal governments use property assessments to determine what tax rate they must set to raise the revenue needed to pay for public services, such as police and fire protection, parks and recreation, road improvements and new infrastructure. Property assessment and taxation is a two-part process:

  • First, BC Assessment determines the market value of properties and send property owners a Property Assessment Notice. If you are a property owner, you will receive this notice in January of each year.
  • Second, tax authorities, like municipal government, set tax rates that are applied to the assessed value and send property owners a Tax Notice.

Given the relationship between property assessment and municipal property taxes, many property owners believe that a high property assessment increase means high increases in property taxes. This is not necessarily the case. If the District's operating budget is $1.5million, for example, it will be $1.5 million whether the average residential property is worth $100,000 or $200,000. The value of the properties does not determine the costs of the District's programs and services.

Being a resident of the District of Stewart has its privileges.  Some of the services that are offered to residential and commercial property owners include:  garbage collection, street sweeping, snow plowing, parks and recreation. 

Property Taxes

General property taxation is the single most important source of revenue for Local Governments.  Each year, Council must project the net amount of funds required through property taxes to support local services.  General municipal tax rates are set during the budget process.  Property tax notices are mailed in mid-May for the calendar year of January 1 through to December 31.  The general municipal tax rate, together with the assessed value and classification (property use - i.e. residential, commercial, industry, farm, etc.) of the taxable property, determines the taxation for each property.

Property taxes cannot be appealed.  Only property assessments, on which taxes are based, are subject to appeal through the BC Assessment Authority (BCAA).  Therefore, it is important to review your annual assessment notice when you receive it and report any concerns to them by January 31st of each year.  Annual assessment notices are mailed by BCAA on December 31st for the subsequent year.  In British Columbia, property assessments reflect market values effective July 1st of the preceding year.

The average Property tax per household in the District of Stewart: is $1522. This total Includes:

  • the Municipal portion,
  • Regional District,
  • NW Regional Hospital,
  • Regional Hospital District
  • BC Assessment Authority,
  • Municipal Finance Authority,
  • Police and
  • School Tax
  • Sewer, water and road frontage

Contact information for BC Assessment is as follows:
BC Assessment - Northwest Region
100 - 4545 Lazelle Avenue
Terrace, BC   V8G 4E1
Phone:  250-638-1116
Toll Free:  1-800-990-1116
Fax:  250-638-0156
email:  northwest@bcassessment.ca

If your mailing address has recently changed, BC Assessment has a hyperlink to a Change of Address form for property owners.  The new link is https://www.bcassessment.ca/eforms/address_change_form.asp.

PROPERTY ASSESSMENTS LINK - click on "e-value BC" and navigate using street addresses or roll numbers to find assessed values on properties in BC

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!

Regional District Solid Waste Management Plan

POSTED: March 23, 2017

The District of Stewart is a member of the Regional District Solid Waste Management Plan. This Plan is a new approach that will help make waste management safer and more cost efficient by sharing resources. All communities will contribute to the plan based on their population. This means that Stewart’s taxpayers will contribute approximately 7% of the cost.

You will be receiving an informational flyer in your mailbox that provides more information. We encourage you to read the flyer and be informed about the changes that will be taking place with the closure of our landfill and the construction of a transfer station.

Community meetings will be arranged in the coming months so that you can provide your input into this process.

If you have questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me.

Jennifer Larson, CPA, CGA
Chief Financial Officer

PUBLIC NOTICE

POSTED: March 22, 2017

Please be advised that the District of Stewart has now switched back from Well #3 to Well #4

Water Quality Advisory:  UPDATE

POSTED: February 23, 2017

The District of Stewart received water sample results today from the lab and there is no bacteriological contamination. The water continues to be safe to drink. However, due to ongoing construction and maintenance work in and around the wells, the District has decided to keep a Water Quality Advisory in place. The Water Quality Advisory is the lowest-level notification and is used in situations where the public health threat is modest, and actions can be taken to reduce the risks. If you are a member of a high risk population, or you have concerns, you may choose to boil the water (rolling boil for one minute). Sampling will continue to be conducted periodically to assess the condition of the water. We will advise further if there is any change.

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