Friday, May 29, 2020
As Property tax bills arrive at your door, the City of Prince Rupert has a few thoughts on payment for you
The annual distribution of City of Prince Rupert Tax bills has begun, with mail carriers starting their deliveries of the city's payment due notices today to residences across the community.
As the bills arrive, the City's Administration offices have taken to Social Media with a few thoughts as to how you may wish to pay your annual tax bill this year; this year coming with a strong suggestion that residents make use of measures in many instances, won't involve a visit to City Hall.
In their Facebook post the City outlines the preferred methods of payment, as well as to discourage one that for many has been part of their annual payment ritual for years.
Online banking: Search “Prince Rupert” and add the City property taxes payee. You will need your roll number from your tax notice (without the decimal). Contact your financial institution if you need exact instructions on adding a payee and/or making an online bill payment.
Cheque dated no later than July 2, 2020 - and dropped in the mailslot at City Hall PRIOR TO THE DUE DATE. The mail slot is located up the ramp on the east hand side (Charles Hays Statue side) of City Hall
Paytm Canada app: (see 'Credit Card Payments' below for more information - Please note that this app charges a convenience fee.)
Debit card (by booking an appointment to attend City Hall - see below for details).
Cash is discouraged (other methods preferred at this time). If cash is your only means of payment, we encourage you to go to a bank and obtain a money order.
The City also notes that it does not accept payment for property taxes by way of credit card.
Property tax payments must be received no later that 4:30 PM on Tuesday July 2, 2020.
The city reminds the public that online payments can take up to 4-5 days to process and to keep that in mind as the deadline nears.
For those that still wish to pay their bills in person, can't make a payment, or need assistance with the homeowner grant process, the city notes that City Hall will be accessible by appointment only, you can contact the City at 250-627-0960 or 250 627-0950.
The full information package on today's delivery of tax bills and information on the Home Owners grant can be explored here.
As we outlined yesterday, the City of Prince Rupert shifted to the by appointment only access this week, with City Manager announcing the Wednesday re-opening of City Hall to the public, with the one person at a time, by appointment protocols now in place.
More notes on the City's Financial themes can be explored here.
A wider overview of City Council themes is available here.