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 read more click heading)
 

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!

Community Open House:  Stewart Transfer Station Project

POSTED: August 11, 2017

On Tuesday, August 22 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm there will be an Open House at the Arena.  Regional District Staff and a representative from Sperling Hansen Associates will be joining District Staff to discuss the proposed project and design concepts.
Please see the attached POSTER for more information.

Smoke From Wildfires Visible In NW Fire Centre

POSTED: August 9, 2017

Please see the attached notice regarding how smoke from the current wildfire situation is effecting the northwest.
Click for info on the smoke forecast.

Public Notices, Information and Job Opportunities

POSTED: July 13, 2017

View District of Stewart Job Opportunites, Public Notices & Information here

Summer Kidz Camp

POSTED: July 21, 2017

Calling all Kids!  Looking for adventure this summer? Kidz Summer Fun Camp is being held July 31 to August 18.  For registration details and rates see attached..

Soccer Camp:  August 21 to 25th

POSTED: July 21, 2017

The most popular summer Soccer Camp in the country is coming to Stewart! See the attached poster and registration form to participate!

Job Opportunity

POSTED: June 21, 2017

Please see the link regarding a job opportunity with the Stewart Public Library.

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