Province pays Nanaimo grants rather than tax

NANAIMO – B.C. government will distribute $18.2 million across the province in grants-in-lieu of property taxes this year.

The provincial government will pay Nanaimo close to $400,000 in compensation for property taxes this year.

The B.C. government hands out annual grants-in-lieu to compensate municipalities for services to provincial properties like court houses and ambulance stations.

A total $18.2 million will be distributed to 63 communities across B.C. this year, including $395,377 to the City of Nanaimo.

“It’s important to compensate municipalities for the services they provide for government properties,” said Michelle Stilwell, MLA for Parksville-Qualicum. “Grants-in-lieu of property taxes give communities the opportunity to reinvest in local initiatives at the top of their priority list.”