Prop­erty tax rates on coun­cil agenda

The Prince George Citizen - - Front Page - Mark NIELSEN Cit­i­zen staff [email protected]­i­t­i­

City coun­cil is to set the rates house­holds and busi­nesses will pay for prop­erty taxes this year at this Mon­day’s reg­u­lar meet­ing.

Staff is rec­om­mend­ing a rate of $7.34 per $1,000 for res­i­den­tial prop­erty. That’s down from $7.59 last year, but once the rise in as­sessed val­ues is taken into ac­count, the bill for the av­er­age home will rise by $43.30 to $1,050.30.

The in­crease re­flects a 4.3-per­cent in­crease in the city’s to­tal prop­erty tax levy af­ter tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion $1.7 mil­lion in new con­struc­tion as­sess­able taxes. The to­tal levy stands at $109.9 mil­lion.

If ap­proved, res­i­den­tial prop­erty will ac­count for 53.8 per cent of the rev­enue col­lected, down slightly from 54.1 last year.

Busi­nesses would pay $17.17, ma­jor in­dus­try $53.32 and light in­dus­try would pay $27.62 with them ac­count­ing for 28.67, 2.82 and 13.2 per cent of the levy re­spec­tively.

Res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties ac­count for 67.3 per cent of the city’s to­tal as­sessed value. Busi­ness makes up 26.6, ma­jor in­dus­try 2.46 and light in­dus­try 0.97 per cent. Also on the agenda:

• Coun­cil will con­sider charg­ing $115 per hour for each RCMP of­fi­cer at­tend­ing spe­cial events to re­cover the cost of over­time and ad­min­is­tra­tion.

• Pub­lic hear­ings will be held for two pro­posed de­vel­op­ments: to build two 40-unit apart­ment build­ings and six row house build­ings at 4278-22nd Ave. and to build four 44-unit apart­ment build­ings and seven town­houses at 6605 Southridge Ave.

• Coun. Kyle Samp­son will pro­vide a no­tice of mo­tion to di­rect staff to draft lists of city­owned prop­erty that could be sold either to the cur­rent ten­ant or to some­one in­ter­ested in de­vel­op­ing the sites.

He is call­ing for a list of 10 prop­er­ties with build­ings on them and a list of 10 un­de­vel­oped sites.

In the no­tice, Samp­son said it has been noted that the city owns a num­ber of high value prop­er­ties, as well as a num­ber that re­quire a large amount of fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance which is not off­set by the revenues of us­age or ten­ancy.

“The sale of these prop­er­ties can cre­ate a net pos­i­tive im­pact to our over­all bud­get, as well as in­crease avail­able prop­erty for com­mer­cial and res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment and us­age,” he said.

No­tices of mo­tion are typ­i­cally dealt with at a sub­se­quent coun­cil meet­ing.

• City coun­cil will take in pre­sen­ta­tions from the Mul­ti­ple Scle­ro­sis So­ci­ety, the Prince Ge­orge Air Im­prove­ment Round­table and Coastal GasLink.

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