Finance

    City Hall
  • Accounting
  • Accounts Payable
  • Cashiering
  • Cemetery
  • Property Taxes & Home Owner's Grant
  • Other Receivables
  • Treasury
  • Utilities (Water, Sewer, Garbage & Recycling)
  • Other Financial Forms & Documents
  • Dealing with monetary issues can be confusing. We understand. The friendly professionals of the City of Vernon Finance Department are pleased to help you with your financial needs in a manner that makes sense to you.

    The following is a list of our services:

    Accounting

    The accounting records for the City are maintained by our office. We provide periodic financial statements for both internal and external use, prepare the annual budget, and advise both Council and other Divisions on budget impacts of current events or upcoming issues.

    We also liaise with the Council appointed auditors for the complete audit of the financial records and attestation of the accurateness and reasonableness of the annual financial statements.

    Accounts Payable

    We process approximately 11,000 supplier invoices annually and prepare 5,400 cheques to suppliers. Cheques are issued weekly to ensure timely payment of invoices and to take advantage of supplier discounts where offered.

    Cashiering

    City Hall Hours:

    Monday to Friday – 8:30am to 4:30pm

    Our cashiers are available Monday to Friday between the hours of 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM to receive payment for all fees and charges levied by the City. These include utility bills, property taxation, other invoices, business licences, building permits, development fees, parking meter fines and miscellaneous fees. The City generally accepts cash, cheques and debit cards. Under certain circumstances there may be a requirement for payment by way of a certified cheque or bank draft.

    To avoid line-ups, particularly during due dates for taxes and utilities, you are encouraged to drop-off or mail in post dated cheques. However, you must ensure that these payments are received prior to the due date to avoid a penalty. The City has also made available a prepayment plan for paying next year's property taxes and you are encouraged to take advantage of this automatic payment plan.

    Cemetery

    The City is responsible for the operation of Pleasant Valley Cemetery, the sale of cemetery plots, interment permits, marker permits, scheduling burials and the maintenance of burial records.

    The operation of the cemetery is subject to the Provincial laws and regulations as well as the City bylaw. The City bylaw provides for control of plot sizes, headstone markers, flower stands and related items. It also provides for fees for interments and related costs.

    Property Taxes

    Property Tax Due Date – First working day after July 1st

    Property taxes are one of the City's biggest revenue sources, and are critical to the health and livability of our city.

    Your tax dollars help pay for many of our essential services, such as police, fire fighting, and emergency rescue.

    We also rely on property tax revenues to build stronger communities.

    Your payments help us fund our recreation and community centres, libraries, parks, and much more

    When are Property Taxes Due?

    Property taxes are due the first working day in July, to avoid a penalty of 10%. Payments and a properly completed home owner grant application, if eligible must be received by the property tax due date, no exceptions.

    Receiving Your Property Tax Notice

    We prepare and mail approximately 19,000 property tax notices annually.  All property tax notices are mailed annually in the third week of May.

    You do not need to have your property tax notice in order to pay your property taxes.  You are responsible for paying your taxes whether or not you have received your notice.  Property owners who have not received their tax notice by the second week of June should contact the Revenue Branch at 250-545-1361.

    Paying Your Property Taxes

    There are many ways you can pay your Property Tax Notice, by mail, in person at City Hall, at your ATM or bank, through your mortgage and online through your financial institution.

    Home Owner Grant

    The Home Owner Grant is a provincial program that helps reduce the amount of residential property tax you pay.  If you are eligible for the grant, the Province of BC reduces your taxes by the amount of the grant.

    You must apply for your Home Owner Grant each year (by the July due date of your main property tax bill) in order to avoid penalties..

    You still need to claim your grant if you are paying your taxes through your mortgage, the Property Tax Pre-payment Plan, or through tax deferment. Even if you cannot pay the balance of your taxes for any reason, you may still submit a grant by itself in order to receive its benefit.

    Am I Eligible to Claim the Home Owner Grant?

    How to Apply for the grant correctly to avoid unnecessary penalties

    Claiming Your Home Owner Grant Electronically

    You can claim your Home Owner Grant, if eligible, online on the City's website. Visit www.vernon.ca/ehog and follow the links to apply for your HOG. You will need to know your FOLIO NUMBER and your ACCESS CODE both are located on the top portion of your Property Tax Notice.

    Penalties and Late Payments

    To avoid a penalty of 10%, payments and properly completed applications for the Home Owner Grant (HOG), if eligible must be received on the property tax due date, no exceptions, whether you received your property tax notice or not.  The 10% is charged per the Community Charter.

    Property Tax Prepayment Plan

    Always pay your Property Taxes on time.  Sign up for the Property Tax Prepayment Plan to automatically pay each year.  Remember that you still need to claim your home owner grant.

    Property Tax Estimator

    What will your tax bill be in 2013? Calculate your property taxes with our online Property Tax Estimator.

    Have You Recently Moved or Purchased a New House or Condo?

    Learn more about who's responsible for the property taxes on a property during a purchase / sale if you are a new owner or selling your property.

    Am I Eligible to Claim the Home Owner Grant?

    Frequently Asked Questions about Property Taxation

    Property Tax Forms & Documents

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    3 Taxes & Utilities
    2 Business Licences
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    Home Owner Grants

    If you have your property tax statement you can claim your Home Owner Grant online. With ehog, all you need is your Folio number and Access code.
    Vernon.ca/ehog

    Tax Sale

    Any properties that have delinquent taxes (unpaid taxes from the two previous years) will be sold for taxes at the annual tax sale on the last Monday of September. The original property owners have one full year to redeem ownership of the property by paying all outstanding taxes and charges related to that property. If these amounts are not paid, then the original owner and all registered lien holders will lose their rights to that property and it will become the sole ownership of the individual purchasing the property at the tax sale.

    Other Receivables

    We are responsible for the billing and collection for various services provided. These include work undertaken by City crews for specific properties; false alarm bylaw billings; services provided to other governments; property rental and lease fees and special project services.

    Treasury

    The City manages large cash balances and we are tasked with investing surplus cash to maximize the return on investment, ensuring that the investment is secure and taxpayer's funds are not at risk. The investments must also provide for correct timing to ensure that funds are available as required to meet the City's commitments.

    Our department initiates the required bylaws and supporting information related to long and short term borrowing, maintaining the records related to these borrowings, including the value of sinking funds associated with long-term debt.

    Utilities (Water, Sewer, Garbage & Recycling)

    Our division prepares the quarterly utility invoices for water, sewer, garbage, and recycling customers. Approximately 14,000 invoices are sent to customers as follows:

      Billing Period Month to expect bill Month of Due Date
    (30+ days after issuance)
    1st Quarter January 1 - March 31 April May
    2nd Quarter April 1 - June 30 July August
    3rd Quarter July 1 - September 30 October November
    4th Quarter October 1 - December 31 January February


    Click on the link below for more information on current utility rates, how to read your meter, how to understand your utility bill and to learn more about our Utility Auto-Debit Payment Plan..

    Utilities User Rates

    Property Owners/Landlords with Tenants
    Commercial and Multi Family Accounts Other Information

    Have You Recently Moved or Purchased a New House or Condo?

    Learn more about who's responsible for the Utilities on a property during a purchase / sale if you are a new owner or selling your property. 

    Frequently Asked Questions about Utilities

    Utility Forms

    For more information, contact the Utilities Department at: 

    Utilities Inquiries:
    Email:

    250-545-1361
    Cutil@vernon.ca

    Fax:
    In Person:

    250-545-7876
    City Hall 3400 30 Street


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