A-Z of Property Tax Terms

Home Owner Grant

The Home Owner Grant reduces the amount of property tax you pay for your principal residence. The grant is available to homeowners that pay property taxes to a municipality or to the province if they live in a rural area.Individuals who are 65 or older, and certain veterans and persons with disabilities may qualify for an additional grant.

Market Change

The change in a property's assessed value based on market influences due to market variations and recent real estate sales in a given neighbourhood.

Non-Market Change

Changes in property value as a result of:

  • New construction;
  • Property class changes;
  • Exemption changes;
  • New development or "size" changes to land - including subdivisions;
  • Zoning changes (e.g. changes that increase or decrease density, use and resulting property value).

Property Assessment Notice

A property assessment notice shows the assessed value of your property as of July 1 of the previous year. Property assessment notices are mailed by BC Assessment to homeowners at the beginning of the year.

Property Tax Notice

A property tax notice is a bill mailed to homeowners each year for municipal and library services. The amount you pay depends on the property location, property classification, property assessment value and cost of services. The property tax notice also includes taxes levied by other jurisdictions including the School District, Squamish Lillooet Regional District, Municipal Finance Authority, Hospital, and BC Assessment Authority.

Tax Burden

This refers to the total percentage of taxes generated by each property class, in relation to all taxes generated. The different property classes include: Residential; Utilities; Major Industry (Port); Light Industry; Business & Other; Forests-Managed; Recreation & Non-Profit; Farm.

Tax Rate (or Mill Rate)

The Tax Rate is the rate used to determine how much property tax you pay, based on the assessed value of your property. Tax rates are adjusted every year to ensure the funds needed to provide municipal services are raised. Tax rates are applied to the assessed value of your land and any buildings or structures on the property. Property taxes are calculated by dividing your property’s assessment by 1,000, and then multiplying it by the tax rate.

Based on the 2016 municipal tax rate* of 4.4092, the formula for a residential property with an assessed value of $580,000 would be:

  • $580,000/1000 = 580 x 4.4092 = $2,557.34 in property taxes.

The 2017 residential tax rate is set at 3.3924, 23% lower than 2016. This is due to the overall increase in assessed property values in 2017.

In 2017, if that same $580,000 home increased in assessed value by 38% to $800,400:

  • $800,400/1000 = 800.4 x 3.3924 = $2715.28 in property taxes.

*Note: In addition to municipal taxes, tax payers also pay Squamish Lillooet Regional District, Regional Hospital, Municipal Finance Authority, BC Assessment Authority and School taxes. For tax rates across all classifications visit our Taxes & Utilities page





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  • Kerri R Feb 12, 2018

    When are 2018/2019 property taxes sent to property owners?

    • Communications Feb 14, 2018

      Hi Kerri,

      The tax rate is required to be set by May 15. The tax and utility notices are sent out immediately after the rate is set. Property owners should contact us if they have not received their property tax and utility notice by the end of May. The tax and utility due date will be July 3, 2018. Hope this information is helpful; feel free to let us know if you have any additional questions.

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