2016 Property Tax Notices have been mailed out the third week of May with a due date of July 4, 2016. If you have not received your property tax notice, please contact City Hall at 250-378-4224. It is the responsibility of the property owner to pay property taxes by the due date in order to avoid penalities, whether or not a bill was received. New owners who have not received a property tax notice are advised to contact the City Hall.
We are pleased to offer a variety of methods to pay your property taxes. If you wish to pay online for the first time, contact your financial institution directly to inquire. Payments must be received by the City of Merritt by July 4, 2016. If you're paying online or at the bank please pay 2 to 3 days ahead of the deadline. As some banking institutions hold payments before forwarding them to the City of Merritt or are located in different time zones, avoid the risk of a penalty being applied by paying online a few days before the deadline.
Payment Options for 2016:
Online Banking - To pay your property taxes through internet banking - Search for "Merritt" (property taxes) as a payee and use your roll number found on your tax notice as the account number. Please note that you do not need to include the 451 at the beginning of the roll number and do not include the decimal. Through your bank you can set up reoccurring monthly bill payments or make your final payment. As some banking institutions hold payments before forwarding them to the City of Merritt or are located in different time zones, avoid the risk of a penalty being applied by paying online a few days before the deadline.
Monthly – Through your online banking; setup of City of Merritt Property Taxes as a reoccurring monthly payment. Remember to submit your final payment at tax time, and claim your Home Owner Grant if eligible. The City of Merritt currently doesn't offer a preauthorized payment plan. The Tax Department will accept post dated cheques as prepayments throughout the year.
Telephone Banking - Follow telephone banking procedures for your financial institution. Make a payment to your property tax roll number(do not include decimal).
Drop off Payment at Drop Box - Drop box is located at the right side of City Hall. Remember to write your tax roll number and civic address on your cheque.
Pay by Mail - Send a payment and the Home Owner Grant application (if applicable) to the City of Merritt , Attention: Property Tax at 2185 Voght Street, Box 189, Merritt, BC, V1K1B8. Please write the roll number on cheque and ensure that the cheque is payable to the City of Merritt. Post-dated cheques are accepted. Mail lost or delayed by the post office will be assessed with a penalty if late, as the postmark will not be considered as the date of payment. Mail in a post-dated cheque early to avoid penalties. In the event of a postal disruption, please utilize alternative payment methods to ensure that payment is received by the due date.
Pay in Person at City Hall - Methods of payment accepted are cash, debit card, money order, or post-dated cheques payable to City of Merritt. City Hall hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Please ensure payment and grant is completed in full before seeing cashiers.
Pay at your Financial Institution - Use your original current tax notice to make payment. Reprints of tax notices will not be accepted at financial institutions. The City of Merritt is not responsible for errors made by financial institutions. Please note that banks will not accept the Home Owner Grant. Not all banks will accept City of Merritt bill payments so please follow up with your financial institution to find out more. Owners are responsible to ensure that payment of their annual property taxes is received at City Hall by the due date to avoid penalty. As some banking institutions hold payments before forwarding them to the City of Merritt or are located in different time zones, avoid the risk of a penalty being applied by paying online a few days before the deadline.
Mortgage Company – If your taxes are paid by a mortgage company the Home Owner Grant (if applicable) must still be completed and returned to City Hall by the due date. A portion of the mortgage payment is allocated for property taxes, and is forwarded to City of Merritt, taking into consideration your home owner grant if eligible. The City of Merritt is not responsible for errors made by mortgage providers. Please ensure that your mortgage provider is aware if you are claiming the grant or not each year.
The City of Merritt does not accept Credit Cards for Property Taxes or Utilities due to the additional fees assocatied with them.
For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: (250) 250-378-4224