Important notice to property owners

Property owners are asked to check the mail for amended property tax notices, after an administrative error was discovered on the 2014 property tax notices distributed earlier this month.

The 2014 property tax calculations for Class 1 residential included the incorrect school district – Okanagan-Similkameen (District 53), not Okanagan-Skaha (District 67). This impacts the total tax rate charged to Penticton property owners, and tax bills were higher than they should have been. Taxpayers are required to pay less than originally indicated, and some who have already paid are eligible for rebates.

“We sincerely apologize to affected property owners for the error, and regret any inconvenience or confusion this may cause,” said Colin Fisher, Chief Financial Officer. “It is critical that property owners be charged only the amount necessary, and the City's Revenue Services team is working swiftly to correct the error for all of our customers.”

Amended property tax notices will be mailed out as soon as possible, and property owners are asked to refer to the “amended tax notice” only for the correct amount. Those who come to the front counter in the interim will have their taxes recalculated automatically.

People who use MyCity to claim their Provincial Home Owner Grant are asked to check the welcome screen message for information. E-bill customers using the MyCity online tax notice portal are asked to use the most recent tax notice dated June 11.

For those who have already paid, staff will be personally calling property owners to inform them of their rebate options. These include giving the individual a refund or crediting their account with the difference for 2015.

Property tax owners who still have questions can visit MyCity for their Home Owner Grant application or e-bill tax notice, phone 250-490-2485 or send us an email.