Director of Finance:
Tammy Rutsat: Accounts Clerk,
The Financial Services Department is responsible for the financial well being of our municipality, through the provision of effective and reliable financial advice, services and information to Council, staff and the public. The Department collects almost $2.5 million annually from various sources including property taxes, utility payments, service charges, and senior government grants and oversees the expenditure of these funds through the annual budget process. Financial functions also include purchasing goods and services, controlling inventory, accounts payable, payroll, investment (including land assets), business liaison and development, insurance, and the provision of property tax and utility information.
All Municipal spending is governed by the 5-Year Financial Plan that must be approved by Council and must comply with the guidelines for municipalities contained in the Local Government Act and Community Charter. The municipality also provides year-end reporting including its audited financial statements.
The Finance Department, in compliance with government purchasing policy, standards and regulations manages all purchasing and follows the 5-year Financial Plan.
Municipal staff is committed to a strong customer service focus in responding to various issues and to using prudent business practices in the delivery of services to both internal and external customers.
In order to make services more accessible the municipality offers a convenient pre-authorized payment plan and many financial institutions accept property tax and utility payments online over the internet (inquire at your financial institution to see if they are involved in internet banking).
Our pre-authorized payment plan enables you to make 12 monthly installments on either your utility or property tax account or both.
-Mail cheque or money order to District OF Clearwater.
-Pay in person with cash or cheque.
-Payment by phone (telebanking). Discuss with your financial institution.
-Payments are NOT accepted at bank machines.
-Please enclose remittance stub with payment.
-DO NOT REMIT CASH BY MAIL.
Utility Bill Due Dates
-The due date shown on your bill is when current charges are due.
-A 10% penalty will be added to current charges if unpaid by the due date shown.
-Payments are applied to arrears owing, penalties owing, then to current charges owing.
-If your account is still in arrears 90 days after billing date, service may be disconnected without further notice.
-Please allow sufficient time for mailed remittances to reach the District office by the due date. Postmarks are not accepted as proof of payment date.
CONTACT THE DISTRICT OFFICE BEFORE YOU MOVE SO YOUR ACCOUNT TERMINATION CAN BE PROCESSED. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL CHARGES UNTIL THE ACCOUNT IS CLOSED.
Tax Bill Due Dates
- Tax bills must be paid by July 2nd, 2010. Office will be open on June 30th but not July 1st.
- A 10% penalty will be added to current charges if unpaid by the due date shown.
- Payments are applied to delinquent owning, arrears owing and then to current taxes owing.
- After three years of accumulated unpaid taxes your property will go into tax sale status.
- Please allow sufficient time for mailed remittances to reach the District office by the due date. Postmarks are not accepted as proof of payment date.
All correspondence and inquiries should be directed to:
DISTRICT OF CLEARWATER Box 157, 209 Dutch Lake Road
Clearwater, B.C. VOE 1N0
Tel: (250) 674-2257 Fax: (250) 674-2173