The B.C. government has distributed $1,813,345 in compensation for municipal property taxes to the City of Prince George.
Altogether, the Province has distributed nearly $16 million in compensation for municipal property taxes to 56 communities around B.C.
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.
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.
Schools and hospitals are exempt from paying municipal property taxes and are not part of the grants-in-lieu calculation. Other provincial assets 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.
Since 2002, the Government of British Columbia has distributed more than $254 million in grants-in-lieu to B.C. communities. A portion of the funds is paid by each community to its regional district, and both levels of local government use grants to help pay for local services.
Mike Morris, MLA for Prince George-Mackenzie –
“This annual infusion of revenue is great for Prince George because it is reliable and predictable. It allows cities like ours to focus on key priorities.”
Shirley Bond, MLA for Prince George-Valemount –
“Grants-in-lieu provide important funding for local governments. This grant will allow the City of Prince George to invest in services and infrastructure that will provide direct benefits to our residents.”