2017 Property Assessment Notices
BC Assessment Notices were delivered to homes the first couple weeks of January. BC Assessment assesses an assessment value (Market value) on all properties in BC. These 2017 assessment values are as of July 1, 2016. If you have concerns or questions about your property assessment, please check out the Understanding the Process page on BC Assessment’s website.
Check out your neighbourhood’s assessed values: evaluebc.bcassessment.ca
Deadline to appeal your property assessment was January 31, 2017.
Relationship between Property Assessments and Property Taxes
By law, municipalities are not allowed to collect more property tax revenue than what is needed to balance their budget. Therefore, staff recalculate the tax rate each year for each property class to ensure only the tax revenue needed is collected, taking into consideration the change in assessment values.
- If the District’s total assessment base increases, the tax rate will decrease; OR
- If the District’s total assessment base decreases, the tax rate will increase
Individual property tax increases may be higher or lower depending on the change in your property assessment value over 2016. If your property’s assessment value increased by the District average of 33.22%, your general municipal property taxes should increase by approximately 3.7% (the increase Council approved for 2017), but if your property assessment value change was higher or lower than the District average (33.22%), your general municipal property taxes will vary accordingly.
To see what percentage your assessment increased by, check out your BC Assessment Notice, or complete our Assessment Increase Calculator:
The City of Richmond and BC Assessment have both put out excellent videos explaining the relationship between property assessments and property taxes. Click on the toggle below to open the video player.
Understanding Assessments & Property Taxes
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Property Taxes 101 – City of Richmond
Understanding Property Assessments & Property Taxes – BC Assessment
For information on Property Registration check out the Land Titles website.