Langleys have region’s lowest municipal taxes

The Langleys levy the lowest municipal taxes, a study says. - Undated image
The Langleys levy the lowest municipal taxes, a study says.
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Residents of Langley Township pay the lowest taxes of any Lower Mainland community, according to a new survey that calculates how much money an average homeowner directly pays their municipalities.

The Township had the lowest municipal tax, by dollar amount, of 16 Metro Vancouver municipalities in 2014, according to a survey prepared by staff at the District of Maple Ridge.

The report to the district mayor and council shows the amount an average single family homeowner was billed by the Township this year in municipal taxes was $1,754, a number that does not include utilities, transit and school charges.

Langley Township taxpayers also paid the least in 2013 and 2012, the report says.

The survey does not include figures for Langley City, but applying the same approach, a Times analysis shows the average single family house in the city would pay was $1,797, making the city second lowest of Metro municipalities.

Third lowest municipal taxes were paid by Surrey single family home owners at $1,802.

Pitt Meadows was fourth lowest at $1,835, Mission was fifth at $1,842 and Maple Ridge was sixth at $2,041.

The average municipal tax bill, again not including utilities and other charges like transit, was $2,267.

The biggest tax bite of any Metro municipality, $3,761, was taken by West Vancouver, which also happens to have the highest average assessed house value at $2.1 million.

The average value of a Township single family homes was $524,021, while it was $462,557 in Langley City and $647,927 in Surrey.

Complete rankings, lowest municipal tax bill to highest:

1. Langley Township $1,754

2. City of Langley $1,797

3. Surrey $1,802

4. Pitt Meadows $1,835

5. Mission $1,842

6. Maple Ridge $2,041

7. Port Coquitlam $2,048

8. Richmond $2,113

9. Delta $2,168

10. Burnaby $2,184

11. Coquitlam $2,244

12. North Vancouver City $2,252

13.North Vancouver District $2,485

14. New Westminster $2,534

15. Vancouver $2,541

16. Port Moody $2,674

17. West Vancouver $3,761

Note: the amounts shown only cover the municipal portion of taxes. For the purpose of comparison, they are solely based on average single family home assessed at 2014 values and do not include utilities, transit and school charges.

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