The City of Nanaimo sent out a press release Thursday noting that property tax notices were mailed last week and will now be arriving. (The News Bulletin)

The City of Nanaimo sent out a press release Thursday noting that property tax notices were mailed last week and will now be arriving. (The News Bulletin)

City mails out property tax notices

Property tax notices should be starting to show up in mailboxes

Property tax notices should be starting to show up in mailboxes.

The City of Nanaimo sent out a press release Thursday noting that property tax notices were mailed last week and will now be arriving.

City council approved its 2017 tax rate bylaw last month, deciding on a 1.5-per cent increase. The municipality also collects levies for other agencies including the Regional District of Nanaimo, provincial school tax and others.

Residential property assessments within the city increased an average of 16 per cent and increases and decreases in property tax bills are linked to the change in assessments.

The due date to pay property taxes and, if eligible, claim the home owner grant, is July 4.

“Our message for this year is to avoid the lineups by claiming your home owner grant through the city’s web page and to pay any outstanding balance using online banking,” said Diane Hiscock, manager of revenue services with the City of Nanaimo, in the press release.

For more information, please visit www.nanaimo.ca.