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Peace region communities receive grants-in-lieu of property taxes

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In addition to Fort St. John, which is receiving $93,039, Dawson Creek will be allocated $120,731 and the Northern Rockies Regional District will obtain $44,402.

In total, $17,112,790 from the province is being allocated to the 59 communities as required under the Municipal  Aid Act; payable from lands owned by the province, such as courthouses, provincial government office buildings and warehouses.

These grants-in-lieu of property tax are distributed every November to reimburse municipalities for services that benefit aforementioned government property, like municipally run sewers, roads and fire protection.

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Some establishments, such as schools and hospitals are exempt from paying municipal property taxes – therefore excluded from the grant-in-lieu calculation.

Other provincial properties such as highways, forests, parks or land under the control, management or administration of a Crown corporation are also excluded from compensation under the Act.

This years’ payment is $1.1 million less than the last year total of $18.2 million, which is said to be attributed to a number of factors, including decreases in assessed property values from B.C. Assessment, transferring ambulance stations to B.C. Emergency Health Services, as well as the provincial government no longer having a presence in some municipalities.

The funds are distributed electronically by the Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services.

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