Property owners across the Central Okanagan are being reminded that their annual property taxes are due next week.
In Kelowna, West Kelowna, Lake Country and Peachland and on the Westbank First Nation reserves, 2017 property tax payments must be received by Tuesday, July 4. In the case of residents living in the regional district’s Okanagan East and West electoral areas, property taxes are paid to the province and must be received by July 4 as well.
Depending on where you live in the Central Okanagan, the time of day on July 4 that the payment must reach the municipality will differ.
In Kelowna, property owners have until midnight on July 4 to get the payment in.
Payments can be paid by cash, cheque, money order or debit card. It is recommended this year that property owners in Kelowna pay their taxes online versus in-person as construction in downtown Kelowna may make it difficult for customers to access city hall, says the city’s finance department.
In West Kelowna, tax payments must be received by the city by 4:30 p.m. on July 4.
In Peachland, the municipal hall will stay open until 6 p.m.—the deadline there—to give property owners an opportunity to pay before the deadline.
Like other municipalities in the area, taxes there can be paid via in person, through financial institutions and online through internet banking.
In Lake Country, the deadline is 4 p.m. July 4 and taxes can be paid at the district hall, through financial institutions and online.
For residents of the Westbank First Nation reserves, annual property taxes must also be paid by 4 p.m. and can be paid in person at the WFN office on the Westside, through financial institutions and through online banking. Unlike the municipalities, the WFN also accepts credit card payments for annual property taxes.
Everyone paying their property taxes is reminded to apply for the provincial homeowner grant.
“The provincial homeowner grant is great for reducing the amount of taxes you pay,” says City of Kelowna revenue supervisor Angie Schumacher. “Due at the same time as your taxes, the grant can help you save on your property taxes every year.”
All property owners are urged to pay their taxes on time as failure to do so will result in an immediate penalty of between five and 10 per cent depending on the jurisdiction.