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West Kelowna tax notices distributed

Tax notices will be in the mail this week to more than 13,000 parcels of land within the boundaries of the District of West Kelowna.

Taxes are due by the close of business on Thursday, July 5 and can be paid through most financial institutions (online or in person), by mail, by courier or in person at the Municipal Hall (2760 Cameron Road).

Those who are unable to visit Municipal Hall during regular business hours are asked to use the exterior payment drop box, located on the wall to the right of the main entrance.

Payments must be placed in an envelope or stapled to accompanying paperwork and submitted forms must be completed in full. Do not pay by cash in the drop box.

Homeowner grants can be claimed online through districtofwestkelowna.ca.

Once grants have been claimed, residents can also pay their taxes online by selecting the link to their financial institution and selecting "West Kelowna—Taxes" as the bill payee.

While every effort is made to ensure efficient operations during tax season, time delays can be minimized by taking the following steps:

- If claiming a homeowner grant in person, ensure the application on your tax notice is completed in full and signed before attending the tax counter.

- Homeowner grants must still be applied for regardless of method of payment. To avoid a 10 per cent penalty, ensure homeowner grants are claimed by July 5.

- If paying by cheque, fill it out in advance and include your tax roll number on the cheque.

Any current taxes that are not paid by the close of business on Thursday, July 5 are subject to a 10 per cent late payment penalty.

If you are unable to pay all of your taxes, you can reduce your penalty by paying as much as you can and by claiming your homeowner grant by the July 5 deadline.

Postmarks are not accepted as proof of payment date.

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