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.
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.