Letters: Correction on property taxes

Explanation helps letter writer see where he was misinformed

Recently I wrote a letter describing increases in the municipal tax rate over the last three years. In that letter I erroneously stated that this rate was unrelated to the assessed value of your home. Mayor Milne and Councilor Kasper have explained in their responses this rate is in fact related to the average assessed value of residential property, and my research has confirmed this. Basically if the district wants to keep the same level of taxes year after year, and the average assessed value goes down, then the tax rate has to go up in order to collect the same amount. As well, if the average assessed value of residential property goes up, then the tax rate has to go down for the same reason. In theory this would mean residents would pay the same amount of property tax every year. In Sooke’s case the average assessed value has decreased over the last three years, so as a result the municipal tax rate has increased to keep pace. In my case the assessed value of my home has gone down the last three years, however my municipal taxes have increased for these years, so I guess I am not average.  I am assuming this is not the case for everyone.

I have always assumed that if the value of my property goes down I pay less property tax, and I am sure this is a commonly held belief, but this is not necessarily the case. I think it should clearly state in the pamphlet accompanying our property tax notice that the tax rate increases are required in order to collect the same amount of taxes as the previous year, including the percentage of the increase. Despite what Mayor Milne says in his response, this is not obvious from the documentation that comes with the tax notice. It is the marketing of the taxes and the “accomplishments” of the current council in this pamphlet that I have an issue with. I have a feeling that if the tax rate had decreased this would be clearly stated.

I appreciate the responses of Mayor Milne and Councillor Kasper. This discussion has provided valuable insight to the residents of Sooke about how our property taxes are calculated.

Tom Myrick

Sooke

 

Just Posted

‘Blue Monday’ isn’t real, but depression can be

CMHA encourages people to prioritize their mental health

Sooke Potholes viewing area likely to remain closed

Report says that more rockslides likely in the area

Residents push back on downtown Victoria tree removal

The birch tree at the Wharf-Government intersection will be removed to make way for bike lanes

Husband of slain RCMP officer ‘disgusted and disheartened’ by parole board

Killer of Const. Sarah Beckett allowed limited day parole for alcohol treatment

Sooke school adds wrestling to sports lineup

Journey Middle School team already bringing home medals

UPDATE: B.C. legislature managers accused of excessive travel, personal expense claims

Speaker Darryl Plecas’ report details ‘flagrant overspending’

Anti-pipeline group wants NEB to consider impact of emissions, climate change

Stand.earth filed NEB motion asking to apply same standard to the project as it did with Energy East pipeline

B.C. man charged in 2014 snake venom death of toddler

Henry Thomas was taking care of the North Vancouver girl the day before she died

B.C.’s largest public-sector union wants inquiry into money laundering, drugs

Union officials say Premier John Horgan and Attorney General David Eby have not ruled out the possibility of a public inquiry

Teen in confrontation with Native American: I didn’t provoke

Nick Sandmann of Covington Catholic High School said he was trying to defuse the situation

Suspect allegedly armed with handgun robs Island gas station

Incident occurred Sunday night in Nanaimo

MARS seeing influx of sick, injured eagles from north part of Vancouver Island

Factors for increase in eagle cases can be anything from lead poisoning to vehicle strikes

Kamala Harris opens U.S. presidential bid in challenge to Trump

The 54-year old portrayed herself as a fighter for justice, decency and equality in a video distributed by her campaign

Woman offers luxury Alberta home for just $25 and a flair for the written word

Alla Wagner ran into health problems, which forced her to list the 5,000-square-foot estate at market value

Most Read