Property Taxes and Municipal Utilities

Property Taxes and Municipal Utilities

Property Tax  Inquiries • Phone: 604-820-3717
Utility Invoice Inquiries • Phone: 604-820-3718

2021 Property Taxes

On January 1, 2022 all outstanding 2021 property taxes will be moved to arrears and an interest charge of 5.45% (effective January 1, 2022) will occur.  Arrears taxes (2020 outstanding) will be moved to delinquent and if these property taxes (plus any delinquent interest) are not paid by Friday, September 23, 2022, the property will go for Tax Sale on Monday, September 26, 2022.

2022 Property Taxes

  • Anticipated Mailing Date is:  May 30, 2022
  • Due Date: Monday, July 4, 2022
  • Penalties:   A 10% penalty will be added to any current balances outstanding (including unclaimed home owner grants) after July 4, 2022.

Find out how property assessments work by watching this short video from BC Assessment.

See how your property taxes are calculated based on your property’s assessment value by watching these two short videos:

  • The City of Richmond video provides a simplified explanation of the relationship between your assessment value and your property taxes.
  • The City of Vernon video explains how your property taxes are put to work.

To learn more about assessment / taxation, visit BC Assessment’s video page.

Property owners are responsible for payment of their annual property taxes by the penalty date to avoid a penalty, whether or not they receive a property tax notice.  Contact the Finance Department if you have not received your property tax notice by the second week in June.

The Municipality 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. Click here for the provincial government site for more information.

Home Owner Grants

Starting in 2021, all home owner grant applications are to be made directly to the province each year, if eligible.  Residents in municipalities no longer apply through their municipal office.

Please visit the BC Provincial Government Home Owner Grant website for more information and to claim your grant.

Avoid the Line-ups!

During the last week before taxes are due (July 4th) there are typically long line-ups at City Hall of people coming in to pay their taxes. Avoid the line-ups by paying your property taxes using your financial institution’s online banking or telephone banking services.

Or alternatively, mail in a post-dated cheque (dated July 4, 2022) prior to June 17, 2022.

Consider signing up for the City’s Pre-Authorized Debit Plan to prepay your property taxes.

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).

Are You a New Home Owner?

If you have purchased property in Mission or plan to purchase one in 2022, you need to be familiar with your property tax obligation as recorded in your Purchaser’s Statement of Adjustments (contact your Lawyer or Notary for details).

The following may be of interest to you:

  • Property Taxes are due the first business day after the July 1st statutory holiday – for 2022 the due date will be July 4, 2022.
  • A 10% penalty will be added to all outstanding property taxes, including any unclaimed home owner grants on July 5, 2022.
  • Annual Home Owner Grant Applications are now made directly to the Province at: gov.bc.ca/homeownergrant or phone 1.888.355.2700 to speak with an agent.
  • Information on our Secondary Dwelling Unit (SDU) program including double utility charges, exemption qualifications, and how to decommission a SDU.
  • Water Metered Utilities, information on quarterly billing due dates and water meter bill reviews (if your bill is excessively high and you suspect a leak).  NOTE:  not all homes in Mission have a water meter, most homes are billed a flat rate on their property tax notice. 
  • Preauthorized Payment Plan, a program you can join to prepay next year’s property taxes.  REMEMBER to cancel your preauthorized payments when you sell your home. 
  • Property Tax Deferment, a low interest loan program offered by the Provincial Government that helps qualified BC homeowners pay their annual property taxes on their principal residence.   NOTE:  you need to claim your home owner grant and pay the municipal utilities listed on your property tax notice.
  • Waste Collection and Curbside Garbage Collection Calendar  for information on the City’s Curbside Collection program, Landfill site, composting and Recycling Depots.
  • Check out our Frequently Asked Questions (and Answers).

 

Important Dates and Deadlines

January 31, 2022

  • Last day to appeal your 2022 Property Assessment.

July 4, 2022

August 2022

  • Pre-authorized Debit Plan (PADP) deductions start for 2023 property taxes (August 2022 to May 2023) on the 15th of each month
  • Any changes (i.e. banking information or pre-authorized amount) must be received by the 5th of each month

August 31, 2022

  • Last day to have delinquent property taxes and interest paid to avoid property being reported in the newspaper

September 23, 2022

  • Last day to pay your delinquent property taxes and interest to avoid tax sale

September 26, 2022

  • Tax Sale Day (10:00 am in Council Chambers)

December 31, 2022