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Fort St. John given grant-in-lieu of property taxes by BC Government

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The BC Government announced today that they have given $142,670.00 to Fort St. John as compensation for municipal property taxes to the City.

“Grants-in-lieu of property taxes are distributed every November and reimburse municipalities for services that benefited government properties, such as municipally run sewers, roads and fire protection.”

The province in total has given almost $16 million in compensation for municipal property taxes to 56 communities throughout the province.

Grants are issued in accordance with the Municipal Aid Act and are payable on land owned by the provincial government such as courthouses, provincial government office buildings and warehouses.

Amrik Virk, Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services says paying a “fair share” to communities is a priority.

“By providing grants-in-lieu of property taxes, the Province is compensating municipalities for important services such as sewers, roads and fire protection that have benefited government properties. Ensuring we pay our fair share to support communities in a timely manner is a priority for our government.”

Dawson Creek also received $121,389.o0.

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