The city is reminding residents wishing to pay their property taxes in person to avoid the busy construction zone downtown around City Hall and instead head to the Tournament Capital Centre.
City of Kamloops corporate services director Kathy Humphrey said that in light of the West Victoria Street project, the city set up this year’s tax experts at the recreation facility, which is located at 910 McGill Road.
“We’ve got people, actual real-life people upstairs at the TCC, who can collect your taxes,” she said. “Because of all the construction, we did not want people coming to City Hall.”
Humphrey said City Hall continues to be busy. She said the alternative location has better parking and, best of all, avoids the hustle and bustle of commuters amidst a busy construction zone. Kiosks upstairs in the parks and recreation office are open Mondays to Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. until July 5.
Five temporary reserved parking stalls have been set aside adjacent to the roundabout.
“Pay at your bank, go online and if you want to pay in person, go to the TCC,” Humphrey said.
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.
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.
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.