City of Cranbrook

May 17, 2017

2017 Property Tax Notices Mailed; Taxes Due Tuesday July 4, 2017

Cranbrook, BC (May 17, 2017) -- Property tax notices for the City of Cranbrook have now been mailed to all property owners on record.

If you have not received your notice by the end of May, please contact City Hall at (250)-426-4211 so that a copy may be forwarded to you.

Taxes are due on July 4, 2017, after which time a 10% penalty will be added to any unpaid current taxes.  Home Owner Grants may be claimed even if current taxes are not paid in full.  Penalties apply to Home Owner Grants not claimed by July 4, 2017.

Download our Property Tax FAQ

If you are participating in the pre-authorized payment program, please note that the prepayment amount on your tax notice includes the May 15th and June 15th payments.  As your prepayment amounts were based on an estimate there may still be a balance owing.  To avoid a penalty, please review your Tax Notice carefully and make sure you pay any outstanding balance prior to July 4, 2017.

To help you avoid the last minute rush, we accept post-dated cheques.  We also accept Interac Debit Card payments.

Payment may also be made by telephone/online banking and through most financial institutions.  You must still claim the Home Owner Grant at City Hall or online here.


PREPAYMENT OF 2018 PROPERTY TAXES

The City of Cranbrook is continuing to offer a property tax prepayment plan.  Now you can budget your property taxes and avoid the July property tax “blues”.  Monthly tax payments are made through your bank by preauthorized debits on the 15th of each month, starting in July 2017 for the 2018 taxation year. 
Application forms are available from the City Hall Tax Department.  If you would like one mailed, please contact us at (250)-426-4211.

If you are currently enrolled in the pre-authorized tax payment program, any overpayment on the 2017 property taxes will be applied to the first payment(s) for 2018.


2017 TAX DEFERMENT PROGRAMS

You may defer payment of property taxes if you meet the following basic qualifications:
- Canadian citizen or landed immigrant having lived in British Columbia for at least one year; and
- registered owner of the property, and the property is your principal residence

Specific Program eligibility requirements:

Regular Deferment Program
• 55 years or older, or widow/widower, or a person with a disability as defined by Regulation; and
• 25% equity position in your home (based on the 2017 BC Assessment property value)

Families with Children Deferment Program
• Sign a declaration that you are financially supporting a child under the age of 18 at any time during the calendar year; and
• 15% equity position in your home (based on the 2017 BC Assessment property value)

NOTE:  Before applying for any of these tax deferment programs, you must pay all penalties, interest, previous years’ property taxes, and utility charges, as these charges cannot be deferred.

For more information on these programs, please contact the Tax Department at (250) 426-4211 or download our FAQ information page.

2017 HOME OWNER GRANT
The City of Cranbrook is pleased to announce that you can once again claim your Home Owner Grant online. The eHOG password to access the form is found in the address portion at the top left-hand side of your 2017 tax notice. Please read the instructions on the City’s website before proceeding to the Grant application form.

IMPORTANT: Financial Institutions no longer accept Home Owner Grant applications.  If you pay your property taxes at a Financial Institution, please ensure you claim your Home Owner Grant online or at City Hall before the due date (July 4, 2017).

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