2018 Tax Information
City Council approved a 1.87 per cent tax increase for 2018. This increase is required to maintain City operations and service levels while allowing for additional investments such as emergency preparedness and increased RCMP staff levels. In addition, the City continues to invest in aging infrastructure, expanding riverfront parks and trails, and improving Prince George's transportation networks. Budget priorities are guided by the City's corporate plan, which is outlined every year in the Annual Report.
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Paying Property Taxes
Property taxes are always due on the first Friday in July. If July 1 falls on a Friday, taxes will be due the following Friday.
NOTE: New property owners who have not received a current property tax notice will be required to contact City Hall to receive a copy.
Non-receipt of a tax notice is not recognised as a valid reason for failing to pay taxes by the due date.
MyCity Online Tax Notices
View current and archived tax notices and more through the City of Prince George's MyCity system. Register for an account, log in, and set up MyCity to track histories and e-Billing for:
- Tax accounts
- Utilities accounts
- Business and dog licensing
Five Ways to Pay
- By cheque, cash, or debit card at City Hall.
Credit cards are NOT accepted for paying property taxes.
By mail. Payments sent by mail must be received at City Hall by the due date. Postmarked by the due date is not accepted as on time.At a financial institution that offers property tax payment services.Online banking or by telephone banking. Please allow two (2) to three (3) business days processing to ensure payment is made on time. Be sure to include the property tax folio number when paying online.Pay by pre-authorised monthly payment plan.
- Cheque payments may left in the drop slots at both City Hall entrances.
Do NOT leave cash payments in drop slots.
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Paying Through Online Banking
- Set up the City of Prince George as the payee. Most financial institutions will have the payee named as "City of Prince George Taxes", "Prince George Tax" or a similar variation. Contact the financial institution for help if the payee is unclear.
- Use the 10-digit folio number as the account number. The City of Prince George's folio format is xx-xxxxx-xxx.
- Check on July 6, 2018 to ensure the payment was successful. If a payment takes more than three (3) days to process or the amount has not been deducted from the account, check with the financial institution and contact the City Hall Service Centre for assistance.
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Property taxes may be paid through a pre-payment plan. Residents may complete an application form and submit it in person at the City Hall Service Centre:
City Hall Service Centre
1100 Patricia Boulevard
Prince George, BC V2L 3V9
A void cheque, direct deposit form, or counter cheque must be provided with the application form.
NOTE: Pre-payment Plans are no longer being accepted for 2018 property taxes.
Change Banking Information or Cancel a Pre-Payment Plan
To change banking information or to cancel a pre-payment plan, fill out the pre-payment plan change form (either as a downloadable PDF or through a web form), print the document, and submit it in person at the City Hall Service Centre.
Change in Mailing Address
For mailing address changes to property taxes or utilities accounts, complete the mailing address change online form (either as a downloadable PDF or through a web form)or mailing address change editable PDF and submit it in person at the City Hall Service Centre.
How it Works
Monthly pre-payments will be withdrawn from the provided account on the 30th day of each month starting in July and ending in May (February withdrawals will be on the 28th day). An annual tax notice is mailed to residents at the end of May each year and will show the current year’s taxes, less the total pre-payments and interest earned.
The balance owing will automatically be withdrawn on June 30. Residents who are eligible for the provincial home owner grant will need to apply for the grant by the tax due date to avoid penalties. All outstanding property taxes must be paid in full prior to joining the pre-payment plan.
Monthly Payment Calculation
The payment amount is calculated using estimated taxes based on the previous year’s net tax payable for the property, divided into 11 equal payments (July 30 to May 30). Residents who join the pre-payment plan after July 30 will have their the estimated taxes divided by the remaining number of months up to and including the May 30 payment. Once on the pre-payment plan, monthly payment amounts towards the next year’s taxes will be stated on the annual tax notice and will commence July 30.
Interest is earned on payments applied to property taxes each month until May 30. Simple interest at three (3) per cent below the lending prime rate is calculated monthly and applied to the tax pre-payment folio for the property. Any pre-payment that is withdrawn for any purpose other than the payment of City of Prince George property taxes shall not earn interest.
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A five (5) per cent penalty will be added to any current outstanding taxes remaining unpaid after the due date. A further five (5) per cent penalty will be applied to the current outstanding taxes remaining unpaid after the second Friday in September.
Penalties are also applicable to the Home Owner Grant portion of taxes. Until the Home Owner Grant is claimed, that portion of the balance on the tax account is considered taxes outstanding.
These penalties are a requirement of the Community Charter and the City has no authority to either waive or modify the penalty amounts.
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Apply for a Home Owner Grant
The Provincial Home Owner Grant program helps reduce the amount of residential property taxes home owners pay on their primary residences. Awarded grants may be higher for qualifying seniors, veterans, or persons with a disability. Home owners may apply for the grant on their own or give permission to have somebody apply for them. However, if property taxes are paid through a financial institution, that institution will not apply for a grant on the home owner's behalf.
A grant application may be submitted after receiving a property tax notice. Home owners who qualified for the grant the previous year but did not apply may be eligible to claim the grant retroactively for up to one year. The grant must be applied for every year to receive it.
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General Tax Information
Tax deferment is a low interest loan program administrated by the Government of B.C. that helps qualified B.C. homeowners pay their annual property taxes on their principal residence.
Permissive tax exemption is available for qualifying, registered non-profit organizations using property for municipal, recreational, religious, cultural or charitable purposes.
The City is required by the Local Government Act on the last Monday of September to sell at tax sale all properties where taxes have not been paid in three years. The Local Government Act gives the Collector authority to sell a property for the "Upset Price" which equals all outstanding taxes + penalties + interest + five (5) per cent tax sale costs + Land Title Office fees.
All property sales are "as is" without warrant or guarantee by the City of Prince George.
For complete information, prospective purchasers should consult the Local Government Act, in particular (but not limited to) Sections 403 to 428.
How Tax Dollars Are Spent
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