Kamloops homeowners will start receiving their 2019 Property Tax Notices today. Those signed up to receive e-bills can expect to get an email today, while those who receive paper notices will receive them in their mailboxes early next week.
“Since the City began offering e-billing three years ago, the number of citizens registered to receive their property tax notices digitally continues to rise each year,” said Cara Dawson, the City’s Revenue and Taxation Manager.
In 2016, 515 people received e-bills. In 2017 that number rose to 1,340, and by 2018, it was up to 1,643 This year, 1,996 citizens are taking advantage of the convenient electronic option.
“Adding an e-billing option for our citizens was important as we know many people like having an electronic option to do business these days,” Dawson added.
To sign up for e-billing for 2020 property taxes, residents need to register with MyCity and add their property tax account at Kamloops.ca/MyCity.
There are several ways, including online, to pay property taxes and claim the Home Owner Grant (HOG).
“The whole process can be done online,” explained Dawson. “You can claim your Home Owner Grant at Kamloops.ca/eHOG, and you can use online banking through your financial institution’s online bill payments option to pay your property taxes.”
To pay using online bill payments, sign into your online banking and search payees for the word “Kamloops”. Then, select the Kamloops property tax option as the payee and use the 10-digit folio number on the notice as the account number.
“You can also pay in person at your bank, or use telephone banking; however, it is important to note that financial institutions do not accept Home Owner Grant applications,” Dawson added.
This year, due to road work happening near City Hall as part of the Victoria Street West Improvements Project, residents who want to pay their taxes and claim their HOG in person can visit the City’s temporary property tax/HOG kiosk at the Tournament Capital Centre (TCC) at 910 McGill Road.
The kiosk is located upstairs in the Parks and Rec Office and will be open Monday–Friday, 8:00 am–4:00 pm, May 27—July 5, 2019. There will be five temporary reserved parking stalls adjacent to the TCC roundabout during this time.
Drop boxes are available at City Hall (24 hours), the TCC (5:30 am–11:00 pm), and the North Shore Community Policing Office, which is located at 915 7th Street (8:00 am–12:00 pm and 1:00 pm–4:00 pm).
2019 Property taxes and Home Owner Grant applications are due July 2. A 10% penalty will be levied on July 3, 2019 for any outstanding taxes.