Understanding Property Taxes
Property taxes are a means of raising revenue to support services offered to the general public by the local government when other revenue streams are insufficient. Property taxes can take many different forms including parcel taxes, frontage taxes and assessment based (ad valorem) taxes. The method of taxation selected depends on the type of service being provided and whether the benefit to properties is uniform or varies according to size, value or other characteristics.
The cost of Regional District services may be shared between several municipalities and electoral areas according to an agreed upon formula contained in the service establishment bylaw. Following adoption of the annual financial plan each municipality is provided with a requisition invoice which includes that municipality’s share of all Regional District services. The service participation costs for electoral areas are sent to the Province of British Columbia for inclusion in the rural tax notices provided annually to property owners in unincorporated areas.
Rural Property Tax Notices
Owners of property in the unincorporated (rural) areas should receive their Property Tax Notice from the Provincial Surveyor of Taxes in May of each year. Please contact the Service BC office located at 115 – 1180 Ironwood Road, Campbell River regarding missing property tax notices (Telephone: 250-286-7555 or toll free through Enquiry BC 1-800-663-7867 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
For payment due date and payment option details, please refer to the Rural Property Tax link below.
Owners of property in the incorporated areas (City of Campbell River, Village of Gold River, Village of Sayward, Village of Tahsis and Village of Zeballos) should contact their respective city or village office.