Tax time hits the South Peace

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We can all use a bit of good news these days, and it’s coming.

Not only is the provincial re-opening plan perking along, property owners across the South Peace can breathe a little easier knowing there will be no nasty surprises in their mailboxes.

The County of Grande Prairie is holding the tax rate steady in 2021, with an understanding of the financially difficult year that many residents have endured due to the pandemic.

“While the county still needs to collect municipal taxes to fund essential services like fire, waste management, road maintenance, and water supply, we hope the hold on the tax rate will help households and businesses in our community financially,” said reeve Leanne Beaupre.

Tax notices for 2021 have been sent out to county property owners with a due date of June 30, 2021.

In Beaverlodge, Jeff Johnston, CAO, confirmed ratepayers can also expect no increase, citing residential and non-residential mill rates holding steady. The mill rate in Beaverlodge is set at 9.24747 for residential and 17.55630 for non-residential.

If a home in Beaverlodge is assessed for about $300,000, they can expect to pay approximately $2,774.24 for taxes this year, said Johnston.

Beaverlodge residents received their tax notices this week.

Due to the hardships of COVID-19 Beaverlodge residents can defer their taxes due date to October 31, by applying to the town with the 2021 Property Tax Deferral Application on the towns webpage or by calling the town office to receive the form.

In Wembley, the municipal tax rate for residential is set at 9.4507 mills, while the non-residential is set at 15.6996 mills.

For Wembley homeowners with a property assessed at about $250,000 they will pay about $3047.88 this year according to a release from the town.

Tax notices should be arriving to Wembley residents soon, and they will be due July 30.

On May 20, Sexsmith town council moved to set the residential mill rate at 7.5777; for non-residential, the mill rate was set at 16.7931.

The final tax rate for Sexsmith will be brought to council on June 7, said Sexsmith Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Rachel Wueschner.

Sexsmith will be mailing out their tax notices on June 25, said Wueschner.

“I don’t believe there will be a deferral this year,” she said, “but again this is something that would get finalized on Monday night.”

As of press time, it was not confirmed how Hythe residents will receive their tax notices as the village is in the process of dissolution.

Jesse Boily, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Town & Country News

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