Postal lockout delays tax notices
Tax notices from the provincial government for rural property owners in the Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West electoral areas should be delivered soon.
The regional district reminds residents of these rural unincorporated areas that it does not collect taxes directly from residents or businesses nor does it accept payment of property taxes.
Communications coordinator Bruce Smith says, “Rural Property Tax Notices are issued in the electoral areas and collected by the province. As well, within local municipal jurisdictions, taxes for regional district purposes are collected by each of the member municipalities in the Central Okanagan on behalf of property owners in the City of Kelowna, District of Lake Country, District of Peachland and District of West Kelowna.”
Property owners in the two rural electoral areas may make their tax payment, payable to the B.C. Minister of Finance, at most financial institutions; through their mortgage agreement; by internet or telephone banking or by mail to the Surveyor of Taxes, P.O. Box 9446, Stn Prov Govt, Victoria, B.C., V8W 9V6.
Property owners in the City of Kelowna, District of Lake Country, District of Peachland and District of West Kelowna must direct their property taxes payments to their local government.
Property owners in the Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West Electoral Areas with questions about paying their Rural Property Tax Notice should contact the Surveyor of Taxes at 1-800-663-7867 and request a transfer to 250-387-0555; by email (firstname.lastname@example.org); or go online to the B.C. Ministry of Finance website at: www.sbr.gov.bc.ca/individuals/Property_Taxes/Rural_Property_Tax/rpt.htm .
To avoid any penalty, please ensure rural property taxes are paid by July 4, or if the payment is being made by mail, it must be postmarked on or before July 4.