Where do my tax-dollars go?

    Please review the 2020 Budget Highlights to find out about how spending is allocated, what major initiatives were completed in 2019, and what is planned for 2020.

    What is the property tax rate?

    When the annual budget is adopted by Council for the current year, Council passes a Tax Rate Bylaw.  This Bylaw sets a levy rate for each class as defined on the BC Assessment Roll.  This levy must be sufficient to raise revenue to pay all debts and obligations of the District falling due within the year.  This rate applies to each $1,000 of taxable assessment value of land and improvements.  This rate is referred to as the General Tax Levy. The District of Mission is not the only authority that taxes properties in the District.  Six other taxing authorities derive a portion of their annual revenue from the property base. The District of Mission has no or little control over these other taxing authorities’ levies.  However, to reduce the administrative cost of billing and collecting these other property taxes, the District of Mission includes these levies on the property tax notice sent to property owners each year.

    What are assessment values and how is my property assessed?

    The assessed value of a property and improvements are determined by BC Assessment.  BC Assessment is an independent agency created by the Provincial Government for the purpose of valuing all properties in BC for taxation purposes. It is important to check all details on the Property Assessment Notice when you receive it.

    The District determines property taxes by applying the assessed value of properties from BC Assessment to the current tax rate(s) to arrive at the amount of taxes owing each year.  You cannot appeal property taxes, but you can appeal your assessment.  Visit BC Assessment’s website for appeal process, deadlines, and details.