A permissive tax exemption is a means for Council to support organizations within the community which further Council's objectives of enhancing quality of life (environmental, economic, social, cultural) and delivering community services economically. There is no obligation on the part of Council to grant exemptions.
New for 2016 the City will provide permissive tax exemptions for a maximum of four (4) years, starting in 2016 for the 2017 – 2020 taxation years. Applications made in subsequent years if approved will be for 4 years less the number of years that have passed, in order to maintain a 4 year cycle. For example, a new place of worship applies in 2018 for a permissive tax exemption for their parking lot, if approved the exemption would apply for 2019 and 2020 taxation years and then they would reapply in 2020 for 2021 – 2024 along with all other permissive exemptions.
The opportunity to apply will be advertised in the local newspaper and on the City’s web site. Applications can be picked up at city hall, downloaded from the web site or emailed upon request.
Applications must be submitted to Financial Services, using the prescribed application form by August 1, 2016.
Financial Services will review the applications for completeness, and arrange contact with applicants for additional information as necessary.
Click here for a to view the Permissive Tax Exemption Policy
Click here for a copy of the 2016 Permissive Tax Exemption Application
For questions please contact:
City of Merritt
Direct Line: (250) 378-8616