More Kamloopsians are opting for ebilling when it comes to property tax notices.
But for those who prefer to pay in person, there are options other than city hall this year.
Property tax notices have been sent out to Kamloops residents by email and Canada Post.
Cara Dawson, the city’s revenue and taxation manager said the number of residents opting for e-billing increases each year.
In 2016, 515 people received e-bills. In 2017, that number rose to 1,340. Last year, it had grown to 1,643. This year, 1,996 residents are receiving the information via email.
To sign up for e-billing for 2020 property taxes, residents need to register with MyCity and add their property tax account at kamloops.ca/MyCity.
There are several ways, including online, to pay property taxes and claim the home owner grant (HOG).
“The whole process can be done online,” Dawson said.
“You can claim your home owner grant at kamloops.ca/eHOG and you can use online banking through your financial institution’s online bill payments option to pay your property taxes.”
To pay using online bill payments, sign into your online banking and search payees for the word “Kamloops.”
Then select the Kamloops property tax option as the payee and use the 10-digit folio number on the notice as the account number.
“You can also pay in person at your bank, or use telephone banking; however, it is important to note that financial institutions do not accept home owner grant applications,” Dawson said.
This year, due to road work happening near city hall as part of the West Victoria Street reconstruction project, residents who want to pay their taxes and claim their HOG in person can visit the city’s temporary property tax/HOG kiosk at the Tournament Capital Centre, at 910 McGill Road on the TRU campus.
The kiosk is located upstairs in the parks and recreation office and will be open Mondays to Fridays, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., from May 27 to July 5.
There will be five temporary reserved parking stalls adjacent to the TCC roundabout during that time.
Drop boxes are available at city hall (24 hours), at the TCC (5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.) and at the North Shore Community Policing Office, which is at 915 Seventh St. (Mondays to Fridays from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.).
This year’s property taxes and home owner grant applications are due by July 2. A 10 per cent penalty will be levied on July 3 for any outstanding taxes.
The final residential property tax hike is 2.96 per cent, resulting in an increase of $62 to the average assessed ($408,000) household. Council has decreased slightly major industry’s rates at a cost of about $4 to the average household.
Residents will pay $4.98 per $1,000 of assessed value; businesses will pay $13.57; major industry will pay $71.81; light industry will pay $20.39; non-profits will pay $14.52 and farms will pay $13.65.
In addition to the city’s portion of taxes, the Thompson-Nicola Regional District and hospital district collect taxes. Residents, non-profits and farms will pay to the TNRD and hospital district an additional 77 cents per $1,000 of assessed value; businesses will pay an extra $1.89; major and light industry will pay $2.62.
Go online to kamloops.ca for more details on property taxes and home owner grants.