The 2016 property tax payment deadline is Monday, July 4.
Assessment Appeals & Penalties
Penalties are mandated by provincial legislation and are not discretionary. Under The Community Charter, the municipality must charge a 10% penalty on late taxes. The City of West Kelowna charges a 10% penalty on the first working day after the tax due date.
The assessed value of property for tax purposes is determined by the British Columbia Assessment Authority. The Authority is established under provincial legislation, and is independent of the municipality. The City of West Kelowna is not involved in determining assessed values.
The Land Tax Deferment Act provides relief for all or a portion of the current year's taxes on a principal residence after the deduction of the home owner grant (HOG) and after meeting certain eligibility requirements set by the Province of British Columbia's Ministry of Finance. Previous year's taxes, penalty and interest charges cannot be deferred.
The Local Government Act requires the City of West Kelowna to sell at Tax Sale those properties for which taxes are outstanding for 3 years. For example: In 2014, the 2012 property taxes have been outstanding for 3 years.