Like any corporation, a municipality would not operate without finances. Funding for municipalities comes from four main sources:
- Property taxes (by assessed value, frontage or parcel)
- User fees (sale of services (ie water/sewer)
- Interest earned on investments
- Outside grants and donations
2019 Property Tax
Property taxes for 2019 were due July 2, 2019. Any unpaid balances (including unclaimed Home Owner Grants) after July 2nd have had a 10% penalty applied in accordance with the Community Charter. If you do not receive your notice, please contact the Finance Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-485-6203.
The account number is linked to the property. If you have sold or purchased your property Land Titles will notify the Finance Department with the updated information.
Change Name or Title
Any changes related to title requires notifying the Kamloops Land Titles Office. You may contact a land title corrections officer or have these changes made by a notary or lawyer acting on your behalf.
Talk to a Land Title Corrections Officer at:
Kamloops Land Title Office
114-455 Columbia Street
Kamloops, BC V2C 6K4
The Province of B.C. offers two programs to allow you to defer all or part of your annual property taxes on your home. Under these programs, taxes are paid on your behalf by the Province, and are accrued along with simple interest set by the Minister of Finance.
You may defer all or a portion of your current year taxes on your principal residence after the amount of the Northern and Rural Area Home Owner Benefit. You cannot defer user fees for sewer, garbage and recycling.
Regular Property Tax Deferment Program
To qualify you must:
- be either 55 years or older (only one spouse need be 55), widowed or disabled; and if you are
- a Canadian citizen or permanent resident who has lived in BC for at least one year before applying for the deferment; and
- have at least 25% equity in your home based on your assessment
Families with Children Deferment Program
This program is designed to assist families with children, particularly during those years where costs are higher. To qualify you must:
- sign a declaration that, at the time of application the applicant financially supported any child under the age of 18 in the calendar year; and
- be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident who has lived in BC for at least one year before applying for the deferment; and
- have at least 15% equity in your home based on your assessment
With both applications, if you have a mortgage on your property a copy of your mortgage balance must accompany the application.
How to Apply
Once you have received your property tax notice, complete the application form. Ensure that all registered owners on the property sign the agreement. Before your tax due date claim your Home Owner Grant, pay any user fees and submit your application to the Town office.
For more information visit the provincial website.
To find out more about the Home Owner Grant program, please visit the Province of BC Homeowner Grant website.
Notices are sent by mail in late May for the period of January 1 to December 31 of the current year.
- If you haven’t received a tax notice by June 15, please contact the Property Tax Department at email@example.com or by phone at 250-485-6203
- Not receiving a tax notice may occur due to a recent property purchase, if the notice was sent to the previous owner or mailed to an old address. If a property sale occurs during the year, taxes are adjusted by a notary or lawyer.
- The Town of Oliver does not adjust taxes due to property sales.
- Notices will include the municipal property tax portion, and, in some cases parcel taxes. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 250-485-6203 for questions regarding parcel taxes.
- The notice will also include general taxes collected for other levels of government. For questions regarding other charges, please contact the corresponding organization below:
- BC Assessment Authority: 1-866-825-8322
- Municipal Finance Authority (MFA): 250-383-1181
- Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (Hospital, RDOS, and 911): 250-492-0237
- School (Province of BC): 250-590-0239
- Sterile Insect Release Program (RDOS): 250-469-6187
The Town of Oliver charges an automatic 10% penalty on all current taxes outstanding as of the tax due date in July.
- Unclaimed home owner grants are also considered late if not received by the tax due date and are subject to the 10% penalty.
- Penalties are mandated under Community Charter and are not discretionary. A municipality must charge a 10% penalty on late taxes.
- If after December 31, taxes are still not paid, further interest penalties are applied to the outstanding balances. Interest on outstanding balances is calculated at rates set three times per year by the Province of British Columbia.
A tax rate is established by taking the total budget of the municipality that must be covered through taxation and dividing it by the total assessed value of all properties in their jurisdiction.
For example, if a municipality requires $30 million from taxation to cover its budget and the total assessed value of all properties within their jurisdiction is $8.9 billion, the tax rate is 0.00337.
Budget Need ÷ Assessed Value = Tax Rate
$30 million ÷ $8.9 billion = 0.00337
This rate is then used to calculate property taxes.
Tax Rate x Assessed Value = Property Taxes
0.0037 x $530,000 = $1,786.10
To find out specific tax rates, please visit the Province of BC Local Government Tax Rates website.
See the current year’s Tax Rates Bylaw on the Bylaws page.
Property Tax Links
How do assessments impact taxes?
BC Assessment establishes property values and issues notices in January.
The Town of Oliver sets tax rates and issues notices in May.
These are two separate processes, but one does have an impact on the other.
How do I appeal my assessment?
You cannot appeal your property taxes; however, you can appeal your assessment by contacting the BC Assessment Authority:
- Call 1-866-825-8322
- Visit BC Assessment online
Who do I call if I have more questions?
For inquiries or concerns regarding your assessment notice please contact the BC Assessment Authority or by phone 1-866-825-8322.
For inquiries or concerns about your property tax notice, please contact the Town of Oliver by email at email@example.com or phone 250-485-6203.
Mail – your payment to the Town office at Box 638, Oliver BC V0H 1T0.
If you are not already an online banking customer, contact your financial institution to set up your account. You will need to add the Town of Oliver as a “payee” as follows:
- Search for OLIVER (ensure it is Oliver, BC), then choose from the drop down for utilities or property taxes.
- For utilities enter the 13 digit account number (without spaces) shown on the top left hand corner of your utility bill located under the Town of Oliver phone and fax numbers.
- For taxes, enter the 11 digit account number (without spaces) shown on top right corner of your property tax notice.
If you are making payments online, please insure that you are paying the correct account (Utilities versus Property Taxes) and the correct account number. Misallocated payments will only be corrected on a one-time basis.
The Town office is located at 6150 Main Street. Cash, cheques and debit cards are accepted. The Town does not accept credit cards as many of the funds we collect are for other agencies and we do not believe it is in the public’s interest for the Town to incur credit card service charges on these payments.
The Town does not consider a postmark or a teller stamp as proof of payment.
Prepayments for the 2020 property taxes will commence in August of 2019. Pre-authorized payments for outstanding utility bills are also available. For additional information on setting up your account Click Here.
The purpose of the Town’s tax exemption bylaws are to exempt properties specified in the bylaw from paying all or a portion of the municipal portion of property taxes. Properties owned by the municipality or other levels of government and used for public purposes are 100% exempted under the Community Charter.
Other properties are generally exempted only for buildings and the land directly beneath the footprint of the building. It has been Council’s practice to also provide permissive tax exemptions to all of the land surrounding these types of properties.
In order for a property to be considered for exemption from taxes the property must be included in the Permissive Tax Exemption Bylaw. Council of the Town of Oliver has adopted a Permissive Tax Exemption Policy which outlines criteria and decisive factors for review of granting tax exemptions that will consistently be applied to all applications. The current tax exemption bylaw is in effect for the years 2016 through 2019.
A new intake of applications and renewals is now open with an application deadline of July 31, 2019. The new intake will be for the year 2020 through 2023.
Permissive Tax Exemption Bylaw can be found here.
For the advertised list of properties that Council has proposed to exempt for 2016 – 2019 click here. Once the bylaw has been adopted it will be posted on this page.
Council has established a revitalization tax exemption program to provide relief from certain municipal property taxes for eligible development projects. Click on the link below for full details and the bylaw.
Revitalization Tax Exemption Bylaw can be found here.
Tax sales in BC are conducted on the last Monday in September at 10:00 am for any properties with delinquent taxes outstanding.
All delinquent taxes for the Town of Oliver have been paid.
For general tax information regarding tax sales in BC please click here.
For further information, please contact the Tax Department at 250-485-6203 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.