West Kelowna Property Tax Notices Arrive: Don't Miss the July 2nd Deadline!

West Kelowna Property Tax Notices Arrive: Don't Miss the July 2nd Deadline!
May 31, 2024

West Kelowna property tax notices have been mailed out this week, reminding homeowners of their annual property tax obligation. Understanding these notices and payment deadlines is crucial to avoid late penalties and potential interest charges.

Key Dates and Payment

  • Due Date: Property taxes must be paid by Tuesday, July 2nd, 2024 to avoid a 10% late payment penalty. This is a critical date for homeowners to remember, as late payments can significantly increase the total amount owed.
  • Payment Options: The City offers several convenient payment options:
    • Online Banking: This is likely the fastest and most convenient way to pay.
    • Cheque by Mail:  Make cheques payable to the City of West Kelowna and mail them to the address listed on your tax notice. Ensure you allow sufficient time for mail delivery to meet the deadline.
    • In Person: Payments can be made in person with cash or debit at the new city hall located at 3731 Old Okanagan Highway. Be aware that there is currently no after-hours drop box available, so plan your visit accordingly.

Impact on Homeowners

  • Property Tax Increase: This year's notices reflect a 6.85% increase in property taxes, adopted by city council last month. This increase may impact your household budget, so it's important to factor it into your financial planning.
  • Home Owner Grant (HOG):  The Home Owner Grant (HOG) is a provincial program that helps reduce property taxes for eligible homeowners. Be sure to check your notice to see if your HOG has been applied. If not, you can apply online through the province's website or by calling 1-888-355-2700. Applying before the July 2nd deadline is crucial to ensure the grant is reflected in your final tax bill.

Additional Considerations:

  • Understanding Your Bill:  Your property tax notice will detail the specific amount owed, the breakdown of various tax components, and any applicable discounts or penalties. Reviewing this information carefully can help you understand your tax obligation and identify potential errors.
  • Impact on Homeownership Costs:  Property taxes are a significant ongoing cost of homeownership in West Kelowna. Understanding how these taxes are calculated and how they might change year-to-year is essential for informed decision-making when buying or selling a property.

Your Local Resource

As a local real estate brokerage in West Kelowna, Coldwell Banker Horizon Realty can be a valuable resource for homeowners. We can help you understand how property taxes can impact your homeownership experience,  including:

  • Estimating property taxes for potential purchases.
  • Understanding how property taxes can vary across different neighbourhoods.
  • Factoring property taxes into your long-term homeownership budget.

Contact us today to learn more about property taxes in West Kelowna and how they might affect your real estate decisions.

Source: City of West Kelowna Property Tax Notices

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