Taxes & Utilities
IMPORTANT CHANGE FOR 2015
Utility bills and Property Tax Notices will now be combined into one invoice for residential property owners (single homes and secondary suites).
- Please expect to find your Utilities amount on the Property Tax Notice for 2015. This move will help to streamline operations, increase efficiencies and reduce administrative costs at the District of Squamish.
- Commercial, mobile home and home-based business Utility bills will continue to be invoiced separately (no change from previous years).
- The previously-offered early Utilities payment discount rate of 5% is being phased out in 2015 and will instead be incorporated into the overall rate structure for all Utility customers, improving equity across the board. Therefore, instead of a planned 10% increase to Utilities in 2015, the increase can be reduced to 9.5% this year.
- The new combined Property Tax Notice and Utilities bill will itemize the Water, Sewer and Solid Waste Utilities fees for 2015.
- Property Taxes remain due on July 2, 2015 without penalty. Utilities are due upon receipt, and must be paid by December 31, 2015 to avoid interest.
As in all municipalities, property taxes and utilities are the primary source of funding for the District of Squamish. Under the Community Charter, municipalities may recover part or all of the cost of providing services by levying taxes against properties. District staff and Council work diligently to ensure core services are maintained while supporting other important initiatives and service improvements the community wants and needs. It is of primary importance to us that residents receive good value for their tax dollar. Learn more about the 2014 budget.
- 2014 Tax Rate Bylaw
- 2014 Permissive Tax Exemptions Bylaw 2292, 2013 BCLSCD
- 2014 Permissive Tax Exemptions Bylaw 2292, 2013 ad
- Property Tax Deferment
- Permissive Tax Exemption Policy and Application Form
Permissive Tax Exemptions for 2015
The District of Squamish may, on a request by request basis support voluntary non-profit organizations by exemption land or improvements, or both from taxation under Section 224 of the community charter. Applications for a Permissive Tax Exemption for 2015 were accepted on or before Friday, August 29. Previous year successful applicants (from 2014) were issued a letter reminding them of the policy.