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What is the District's Mailing Address, Hours of Operation and Contact Information?

District of Mission
8645 Stave Lake Street, PO Box 20
Mission, BC     V2V 4L9

Office hours are 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday, excluding statutory holidays

Email us at: tax@mission.ca    OR  utilityfees@mission.ca
Phone Lines:  Tax – 604-820-3717                     Utilities – 604-820-3718
Fax:  604-820-1363

Can I Pay With My Credit Card?

No, unfortunately the District does NOT accept credit cards for property tax or utility payments.

Do You Accept Post-dated Cheques?

Yes.  The District welcomes post-dated cheques.  Please ensure that the information on the cheque is correct and complete.  Your cashed cheque is your receipt.

When Are Property Taxes Billed and When Are They Due?

Property tax notices are mailed by the end of May each year, and are due the first business day after July 1st.
The due date for 2017 is Tuesday, July 4, 2017
If you have not received your property tax notice by the first week of June, please contact the Finance Department at tax@mission.ca or at 604-820-3717.

 

How Do I Change My Mailing Address?

The District of Mission is obligated to issue tax notices using the mailing address provided by BC Assessment.  If the mailing address on your tax notice is incorrect, it should be changed using the BC Assessment Change of Address Notification form.

  • The District’s system will show the new mailing address in about 6-8 weeks.
  • Mailing addresses in the District’s property tax system provided by BC Assessment are only for property taxes and utility billing.
  • It is important to note that Municipal Hall’s property tax system is only for information purposes, we are unable to make any changes to reflect your new address.

Everything You Want to Know About Property Taxes

 

What are My Payment Options?

The most common ways to pay your property taxes are:

  • Telephone or internet banking, or in-person at most financial institutions.
  • Canada Post or Courier – District of Mission, 8645 Stave Lake Street, PO Box 20, Mission, BC   V2V 4L9  Be sure to mail early.  All payments must be received at Municipal Hall on or before the due date.  Mail lost or delayed will be subject to a penalty.  Post marks are NOT accepted as date of payment.
  • Secure Drop Boxes – located at the south and north entrances at Municipal Hall (8645 Stave Lake Street) and at the Mission Leisure Centre Reception (7650 Grand Street). Drop boxes are emptied daily.  NO cash please.
  • Please make cheques payable to District of Mission.

Think ahead for next year’s taxes and fill out a Property Tax Pre-payment Plan Application form.

The most flexible option for making prepayments (or payments) is setting up recurring bill payments through your financial institution’s telephone or online banking system.  You choose the frequency, the day of the month, and the amount.  (Your 9 digit roll number [no dashes] is your account number).

More information on Payment Methods and the Pre-Payment Plan.

What is the Pre-Authorized Debit Plan (PAD)?

The Pre-Authorized Debit Plan is a convenient way to make prepayments toward your next year’s taxes.

For more information and terms and conditions visit Pre-Authorized Debit Plan.

For a Property Tax Pre-payment Plan Application form.

The most flexible option for making prepayments (or payments) is setting up recurring bill payments through your financial institution’s telephone or online banking system.  You choose the frequency, the day of the month, and the amount.  (Your 9 digit roll number [no dashes] is your account number).

More information on Payment Methods and the Pre-Payment Plan.

Why have My Property Taxes Increased?

The following may be some of the factors that affect the amount of your tax bill:

  • Change in assessment values
  • New or increased utility charges (water, sewer, garbage, recycling/composting)
  • New local improvement charges
  • Changes in Home Owner Grant status
Why is My Tax Increase Higher than the Council Approved Rate?

Council approves the general levy for the entire District’s budget, but that doesn’t mean you will see that same percentage change on your tax notice.  Many factors influence the taxes on a given property making it different from the overall percentage approved by Council and reported in the media.

If every property  value assessment n the municipality increased or decreased by exactly the same amount every year, the increase in your general levy would be comparable to the rate approved by Council.  In reality, each year some assessments go up more (or less) than the average and some assessments may go down.  If BC Assessment reports the average residential assessment increased by 10% but your own assessment went up 20%, it’s likely that your taxes will go up by more than the increase amount passed by Council. This does not indicate that your taxes are going up 20%.

Another factor is that the District of Mission collects taxes on behalf of other taxing authorities.  They develop their own budgets outside of the District’s control  Other charges such as water, sewer, garbage or recycling/composting may also appear on your notice, but are not included in the general levy which is the number most often reported in the media.

With so many factors coming into play, it becomes clear why an increase passed by Council doesn’t necessarily equal the change on your own property tax notice.

What is the Property Tax Rate?

When the annual budget is adopted by Council for the current year, Council passes a Tax Rate Bylaw.  This Bylaw sets a levy rate for each class as defined on the BC Assessment Roll.  This levy must be sufficient to raise revenue to pay all debts and obligations of the District falling due within the year.  This rate applies to each $1,000 of taxable assessment value of land and improvements.  This rate is referred to as the General Tax Levy.

The District of Mission is not the only authority that taxes properties in the District.  Six other taxing authorities derive a portion of their annual revenue from the property base.

The District of Mission has no or little control over these other taxing authorities’ levies.  However, to reduce the administrative cost of billing and collecting these other property taxes, the District of Mission includes these levies on the property tax notice sent to property owners each year.

What Happens if I Don't Pay My Property Taxes? When will My Property be Sold for Taxes?

The District of Mission is legislated by the Community Charter and requires a 10% penalty be imposed on any unpaid property taxes that remain outstanding after the July due date.  This legislation does not give authority to the District to waive late penalty charges and is applied consistently to all taxpayers.

Your payment and Home Owner Grant (if eligible) must be received by the District of Mission on or before the due date to avoid penalty charges. Grants not claimed or incomplete are considered unpaid taxes and will result in penalty charges.  For greater ease, claim your home owner grant online now.

Failure of an intermediary, such as Canada Post, Courier, a lawyer or notary, to remit a payment or a grant application on behalf of the  owner is a private matter for resolution between the parties involved and is outside the Tax Collector’s authority and responsibility.

If property taxes are not paid by the end of the year, the outstanding balance will accrue interest.  As of January 1, 2017 the annual interest rate, set by the Provincial Government, is currently 5.7% and is charged on prior years outstanding balances.

If taxes remain unpaid at the end of three (3) years, the property is publicly auctioned at Tax Sale to recover the taxes owing as stated the Community Charter and the Local Government Act.

For more information on the tax sale process, visit our Tax Sale page.

Everything You Want to Know About Home Owner Grants

 

What is the amount of the home owner grant available?
  • The Basic Home Owner Grant is worth $570*
  • The Additional (including Senior) Home Owner Grant is worth $845 ($570 = $275)*

*NOTE:  The Home Owner Grant amount is reduced or eliminated based on property assessment values over $1,600,000 with a minimum property tax payable of $350 ($100 if you are claiming the additional home owner grant).

What are the Basic Eligibility Requirements to Claim a Home Owner Grant?

To be eligible for the home owner grant, you must:

  • be a Canadian Citizen or Landed Immigrant and ordinarily reside in British Columbia
  • be the owner or occupant of an eligible residence and live in it as your principal residence
  • you must qualify at the time you submit the signed application form
  • For more eligibility information, visit the  Home Owner Grant Administration website.
What are the eligibility requirements to claim a Disability Grant?

To be eligible for the additional Disability home owner grant, you must first qualify for the basic home owner grant.
There are two different disability requirements that you may qualify for:

  1. You are designated as a person with disabilities and you receive provincial disability assistance, hardship assistance or a supplement under the Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Act; OR
  2. You are permanently disabled or have a permanently disabled spouse of relative living with you in your principle residence.

For more information, specific qualifications, and forms, visit the  Home Owner Grant Administration website.

Where do I get a Grant Application?

The home owner grant is located on the lower front portion of your property tax notice, that is mailed out by the end of May.

If you know your roll number and password (located on your tax notice), you may claim your grant online.

Alternatively, you can download a generic home owner grant form to fill in and submit to the Finance Department at Municipal Hall.

Home owner grants need to be received at the Municipal Hall on or before the due date (July 4th) to avoid a 10% penalty.

I forgot to Claim My Home Owner Grant Last Year? Do I Qualify for a Retro Grant?

In some circumstances, the provincial government allows an extension of time in which to claim a home owner grant for the previous year.  It is not possible to claim back further than one year.  Retroactive grant application forms are available at the Finance Department or online.

You can still apply for the grant if you are the registered owner of the property at the time of application, and resided at the property on December 31 of the previous year.  The application for the Retroactive Home Owner Grant must be submitted to the Finance Department at the District of Mission by December of the current year.  Do not send forms to the Provincial Home Owner Grant Administration office.

All applications are subject to approval from the Home Owner Grant Administration Office in Victoria.  For more information visit the Province’s website.

The Ups and Downs of Property Assessment

 

What are Assessment Values? How is My Property Assessed?

The assessed value of a property and improvements are determined by BC Assessment.  BC Assessment is an independent agency created by the Provincial Government for the purpose of valuing all properties in BC for taxation purposes. It is important to check all details on the Property Assessment Notice when you receive it.

  • If you would like to know how properties are assessed, please visit BC Assessment’s website.
  • You can search the assessed value of any property in BC online; by going to: evaluebc.bcassessment.ca and type in the address.
  • For questions or concerns regarding your property’s assessed value, contact BC Assessment.

The District determines property taxes by applying the assessed value of properties from BC Assessment to the current tax rate(s) to arrive at the amount of taxes owing each year.  You cannot appeal property taxes, but you can appeal your assessment.  Visit BC Assessment’s website for appeal process, deadlines, and details.

I Just Sold/Purchased a Home in Mission.  What Do I Need to Know?

 

I Just Sold My Property. What do I need to do? Who gets to claim the home owner grant?
  • You do not need to call to change your address as the Land Title Office provides changes to municipalities.
  • Your notary or lawyer will acquire a tax certificate.  Please talk to your notary or lawyer and they will advise you if you or the new owner will be responsible for the tax payment and claiming the grant (if eligible).
  • If you pay online, update the payee and account information on your financial institution’s website.
  • Change or Cancel your Tax Pre-Payment Plan at least five business days before the property is sold.
  • Return a property tax notice to the District (marked “SOLD”) that is no longer your responsibility.
I Just Purchased My Property. What do I need to do? Who claims the home owner grant?
  • You do not need to call to change your address as the Land Title Office provides changes to municipalities.
  • Your notary or lawyer will acquire a tax certificate.  Please talk to your notary or lawyer and they will advise you if you or the previous owner will be responsible for the tax payment and claiming the grant (if eligible).
  • If you pay online, update the payee and account information on your financial institution’s website.
  • Contact the Finance Department if you have not received your tax notice.

Still have more questions?

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