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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — 2016 has started with confirmation of the shock many B.C. property owners received at the close of 2015: a massive increase in property value assessments.

However, spokesman Jason Grant has issued BC Assessment’s annual caution that dramatic changes in assessment value don’t necessarily translate into the same percentage increases in property taxes.

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In this jurisdiction, Fort St. John has seen an average change of six per cent, but Mayor Lori Ackerman notes that’s for single family dwelling assessed values only, and she also notes:

As for impact on tax rates, the Mayor says that’s still the subject of City Council deliberations, and public consultation and again we note a public meeting on the 2016 Operating Budget has been set for next Monday, Jan. 11, beginning at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers.

Meantime, again this year, a BC Assessment representative will make a presentation to Council, and that’s scheduled for the Jan. 25 regular meeting.

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