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Property Tax Notice will be mailed last week of May

Council approved the tax rate bylaw on May 5, 2020 during Regular Meeting of Council and taxes are being calculated this week. Property owners of the District of Clearwater are receiving their property tax notice in the mail beginning of June. If you do not receive your notice, please contact us.

Homeowner Grant application: The Provincial Home Owner Grant program helps to reduce the amount of residential property taxes that homeowners pay on their primary residence. If you qualify for the Home Owner Grant (HOG), you must apply each year to receive it and only one qualifying owner can claim it. You can apply for your Home Owner Grant online, use the “apply for your grant” button on the homepage or the property tax page, available end of May. You will need your roll number and access code; both are located on the front of your property tax notice. After clicking submit, wait for the confirmation page and print or save the confirmation page as proof the application has been submitted.

Alternatively, you can apply by completing the home owner grant application on the bottom of your property tax notice and returning it to the District of Clearwater dropbox.

Important: To avoid penalties, owners are required to apply annually for the home owner grant prior to the property tax due date. The home owner grant is a form of payment and is subject to the property tax due date. Submit the grant even if you are not making a payment at that time, or your mortgage company pays your property taxes on your behalf.

COVID-19 – Property Tax Payment Processing (subject to change): Here are your options to pay for your property taxes as our office is currently closed to the public.

By mail: Mail a cheque or money order. Allow plenty of time for mail delivery, postmarks will NOT be considered as date of payment. Even if you normally do not use cheques, your financial institution is able to provide you cheques for most bank accounts, please contact your financial institution. Include your Homeowner Grant application with your payment.

Drop Box: Drop your payment and Home Owner Grant Application off at our drop box. If you are standing facing the main entrance to the Dutch Lake Community Center, the drop box is located in the middle of the building at the set of stairs. It will be clearly labelled.

Bank (over the counter, telephone or online): Payments may also be made over the counter at most financial institution in Canada, or through telephone or internet banking. If you prefer paying via internet banking, please check with your financial institution to ensure you use the correct payee information for the District of Clearwater; most banks will have separate payee accounts for utilities and property taxes.

Please feel free to contact the District at 250.674.2257 if you have any questions or email admin@docbc.ca.

Physical address (and location of Drop Box): 209 Dutch Lake Road
Mailing address: PO Box 157, Clearwater BC, V0E 1N0

The Province has two property tax deferment programs – for seniors over 55 and for families with dependent children.

The Families with Children Tax Deferment Program is a low interest loan program that allows you to defer paying all or part of your property taxes on your principal residence if you are financially supporting a child under certain circumstances.

For more information on property taxes, Homeowner Grant or Property Tax Deferment, visit our website.