Local property owners can expect their tax notices from the City of Merritt to arrive in the coming days.
According to deputy financial services manager, Ben Currie, the city sent out tax notices for 2012 on Thursday. Payment is due by July 3.
“We're putting an extra push for homeowner grants to be submitted online through the City of Merritt website,” says Currie.
Taxpayers can use their roll number and access code, found on the front of their mailed tax notice, to access their account at the city website, merritt.ca. From there, they can submit their homeowner grant.
Residents who are eligible could enjoy a break of up to $770 for the basic grant or up to $1,045 with an additional grant. Homeowners must apply for the grant every year.
Locals can also submit their completed grant with their payment by July 3.
In addition to municipal property taxes, the notices will list the taxes owing for the Thompson-Nicola Regional District, School District 58, transit, and hospitals, among others.
“The City of Merritt is the collector for these taxes but does not set these tax rates, nor does the City of Merritt retain these funds,” stressed financial services manager Pat Sibilleau at a budget open house in April.
The city suggests dropping off a postdated cheque before the deadline to avoid waiting in line while their taxes are paid.