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

A Public Health Approach to Non-Medical Cannabis

POSTED: September 21, 2018 | Mayors Blog

As District of Stewart Council will adopt few by-laws at the coming meeting, I want to share with citizens the letter from the Northern Health. I feel that this is a very important matter for many people, living in Stewart and Council should consider Health Authorities recommendations.

Multiple sectors of society, and all levels of government, have roles to play in a comprehensive public health approach to cannabis legalization. Local governments, in particular, can adopt regulations aimed at reducing youth exposure to non-medical cannabis, high-risk use in general (e.g., heavy or frequent use, use with other substances), and unwanted exposure to second-hand cannabis smoke and vapour. Local governments can also support increasing public knowledge and awareness, to support risk reduction and destigmatization, without normalization or promotion. Local U]dS`\[S\bal Xc`WaRWQbW]\ W\ h]\W\U' ZO\R caS' PcaW\Saa ZWQS\aW\U' PcWZRW\U Q]RSa' \cWaO\QS by-laws, and enforcement, as well as their ability to advocate to higher levels of government, can all be leveraged to promote a public health approach to cannabis.4 Some specific areas of best practice5 where local governments can support a public health approach include: 

A Public Health Approach to Non-Medical Cannabis

POSTED: September 21, 2018 | Mayors Blog

As District of Stewart Council will adopt few by-laws at the coming meeting, I want to share with citizens the letter from the Northern Health. I feel that this is a very important matter for many people, living in Stewart and Council should consider Health Authorities recommendations.

Multiple sectors of society, and all levels of government, have roles to play in a comprehensive public health approach to cannabis legalization. Local governments, in particular, can adopt regulations aimed at reducing youth exposure to non-medical cannabis, high-risk use in general (e.g., heavy or frequent use, use with other substances), and unwanted exposure to second-hand cannabis smoke and vapour. Local governments can also support increasing public knowledge and awareness, to support risk reduction and destigmatization, without normalization or promotion. Local U]dS`\[S\bal Xc`WaRWQbW]\ W\ h]\W\U' ZO\R caS' PcaW\Saa ZWQS\aW\U' PcWZRW\U Q]RSa' \cWaO\QS by-laws, and enforcement, as well as their ability to advocate to higher levels of government, can all be leveraged to promote a public health approach to cannabis.4 Some specific areas of best practice5 where local governments can support a public health approach include: 

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!

Request for Proposal:  Website Design

POSTED: October 17, 2018

The Regional District of Kitimat Stikine is soliciting proposals to create a captivating, user-friendly website that showcases tourism opportunities of the region.  For more information click on this link:  RDKS Request for Proposals

Public & Technical Advisory Committee:  Solid Waste Management Plan

POSTED: October 12, 2018

The Regional District of Kitimat Stikine is providing an opportunity for the public to participate in this committee - for more information see the attachment.

Provincial State of Emergency Declared

POSTED: August 15, 2018

Please see the News Release from the Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General-Emergency Management BC regarding the Province's response to the ongoing wildfire situation.

2018 Christmas Card Competition

POSTED: October 23, 2018

Calling all local artists and photographers!  You are invited to participate by submitting your original artwork or photograph to the District office by 4:30pm on Friday, November 9th.
For more details, please read the Christmas Card Competition link.

Discover BC’s Stewart-Cassiar Region

POSTED: February 21, 2018

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: February 21, 2018

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

BC Hydro Installation of Bird Guarding at Stewart Substation

POSTED: January 8, 2018

Please see the attached information regarding BC Hydro's recent installation of Bird Guarding at the Stewart Substation