Wednesday, December 14, 2016

BC Communities receive 2016 Grants in Lieu of Taxes

Courtesy of the BC Government:

The B.C. government has distributed nearly $16 million in compensation for municipal property taxes to 56 communities around the province.

Grants-in-lieu of property taxes are distributed every November and reimburse municipalities for services that benefited government properties, such as municipally run sewers, roads and fire protection.

Grants are issued in accordance with the Municipal Aid Act and are payable on land owned by the provincial government such as courthouses, provincial government office buildings and warehouses.

Schools and hospitals are exempt from paying municipal property taxes and are not part of the grants-in-lieu calculation. Other provincial assets such as highways, forests, parks or land under the control, management or administration of a Crown corporation are also excluded from compensation under the act.

Since 2002, the Government of British Columbia has distributed more than $254 million in grants-in-lieu to B.C. communities. A portion of the funds is paid by each community to its regional district, and both levels of local government use grants to help pay for local services.

The funds are distributed electronically on behalf of government by the Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services.

For Municipal Councils in the Cariboo-Chilcotin:

District of Wells - $1,186.07
City of Quesnel - $59,397.34
City of Williams Lake - $60,217.79
District of 100 Mile House - $21,060.15

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