FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – City Council has released the non-profits and churches requesting the Permissive Tax Exemption for the 2021 year.

Just under 35 non-profits and churches within the area have requested a Permissive Tax Exemption totalling over $680,000.

Back in June 2020, City Council approved the change in non-profits asking for tax exemptions. Starting January 1, 2021, local non-profits are to pay 50 per cent of taxes owed, and beginning in 2022; they will need to pay 100 per cent.

The City will also cover up to 75 per cent of the municipal property tax portion, which will be phased in over five years, with a five per cent reduction per year starting on January 1, 2023. Along with this change, the City will also be denying non-profits that lease property from applying for the permissive tax exemption. Now non-profits applying for a permissive tax exemption will also have to make a presentation to Council.

Last year, the City granted just over $500,000 in tax exemptions to 32 organizations.

The Permissive Tax Exemption Matrix is available on the City’s website.