FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, and the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality are a part of 55 communities across the province receiving grants in lieu of municipal property taxes this year.
Fort St. John is receiving $140,637, Dawson Creek is getting $138,029, and the NRRM will get $24,894.
“Through our annual grants-in-lieu program, we’re reimbursing municipalities for the important services they provide to provincial properties so they can fund the services and projects that meet the needs of their communities,” said Lisa Beare, Minister of Citizens’ Services.
“The funding makes a big difference in communities throughout B.C., particularly now, as local governments and the people they serve navigate the economic impacts of the pandemic.”
Every November, the Province pays grants in lieu of property taxes to various municipalities and regional districts for services that are provided in those communities, like parks, sewers, roads, fire protection, and other types of infrastructure projects.
These provincial grants are for properties that are owned by the provincial government—office buildings, warehouses, and courthouses—and the grants can be used to fund and maintain public services and local projects.
The calculations for these grants are determined under the Municipal Aid Act—schools and hospitals are exempt from paying municipal property taxes and are not part of the calculation. Also excluded are provincial assets like highways, forests, and parks or land under the control, management, or administration of a Crown corporation.
More information can be found on the Province’s website.