Council has proposed a 2.18% tax increase in 2018. The impact on the typical single family dwelling, assessed at $530,600, will be $35.06 for the year.
Council had contemplated a 2.58% increase; however that amount was able to be reduced due to higher than expected growth in the community over the past year.
This becomes the 10th consecutive year that Council has kept tax increases at 3% or lower.
When are taxes due?
Property tax notices will be sent through the mail at the end of May. Payments will be due July 3. Late payments are charged a 10% penalty on July 4, including any unclaimed Home Owner Grant (HOG) amounts. Remember to claim your HOG! Claim online by visiting:
The City of West Kelowna has increased taxes by three percent or less in most years since incorporation. The only exception was the first full year of incorporation (2008), when a 5% tax increase was recommended by a governance committee that was attempting to forecast the costs of incorporation:
City of West Kelowna incorporation: December 6, 2007
Tax increases since incorporation:
What things are considered when establishing tax levels?
Staff and Council are very aware that tax dollars are limited, despite a multitude of service, program and infrastructure requests. Mayor and Council and most city staff are tax paying residents too.
To ensure tax dollars are spent strategically, the city uses recommendations in several master plans and assessments on municipal infrastructure.
Staff also conducts a Citizens' Survey each year to determine what services residents deem most important and results are presented to Council. Staff and Council refer back to the survey during planning sessions to prioritise services, programs and projects.