If you’re a homeowner in Hope, you’ve likely received your property tax letter in the mail.
The district has advertised several ways to pay your tax bill, due July 2, urging residents to avoid coming in to district hall to make the payment. Residents who are having trouble making payments by that date won’t be charged a late penalty until Oct. 1.
“We have…delayed the onset of the 10 per cent penalty until after Sept.30, 2020,” chief administrative officer John Fortoloczky stated in an email. “After that, the penalty will apply to any remaining unpaid property tax.”
Fortoloczky explained that the power to defer property taxes rests only with the provincial government. The district has, however, waived late penalties until the end of the year for district utility payments. If people have balances in their utility accounts at the end of the year, they will be transferred to taxes in arrears on Jan. 1, 2021.
The district urged people to pay their property taxes electronically, or by mail or drop off and only paying at the district office as an ‘action of last resort.’ Residents who claim homeowner grants can also do so online, at hope.ca/ehog.
If you haven’t yet received your notice, you can connect with the district at 604-869-5671 or firstname.lastname@example.org.