Sponsors: City of Quesnel
Endorsed by the NCLGA and UBCM Memberships
WHEREAS many mid-sized and small Municipalities have lost the services of their local BC Assessment Authority office, as operations have been centralized and consolidated to larger regional centres;
AND WHEREAS such loss of local assessment services has resulted in an inequitable, unfair inconvenience and cost as small-town taxpayers are required to travel, in the dead of winter, to have their assessment appeals heard in regional centres, usually at great distances from the communities in which the appeals were launched;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the NCLGA encourages the UBCM to request that the BC Assessment Authority hear assessment appeals, if necessary through electronic means, in mid-sized and small municipalities in order that taxpayers are not faced with the inconvenience and financial burden of winter travel to regional centres.
The UBCM membership has not previously considered a resolution requesting that assessment appeal hearings be held in the local community, rather than regional centres.