Has The Residential Property Tax Burden Become Exorbitant?

In the last City Council meeting a resident presented his changing tax rates over the past 4 years to council. He feels the rates have become exorbitant. And he has some suggestions about how the city might help its citizens cope with this change.

I did some research to find out if this is just something that has taken place here in Grand Forks or if there’s something else going on in the wider scheme of things. In doing this I came across the BC government section on local government statistics . . . I used the data I found there to build the following presentation.

From most of the graphs it is clear that while the actual tax rate per $100,000 doesn’t change too much over time the property value is increasing. And it’s increasing at a rate faster than wage increases are happening.

City Council Meetings Aug 12, 2019

Council had a full day August 12. A Committee Of The Whole meeting at 9AM followed by an in-camera meeting and finally the regular meeting at 7PM

You can read the agendas as you watch and listen to the meeting recordings.

The Agendas:
Links to the Committee Of The Whole Agenda as an HTML page or a PDF doc.
Links to the regular meeting agenda as an HTML page or PDF doc.

Warming Centre - To resolve bylaw to evict or provide a variance Property Tax Concerns - Michael Zimmer Boundary Museum Society - Quarterly Report Grand Forks Border Bruins - Darryl Funk/John Clewlow - Fee-for-Service Update Memo In-Kind Options Update Wayfinding Project Rural Dividend Fund Application Strategies to Increase Affordable and Attainable Housing Options in Grand Forks Monthly Highlight Reports Bylaw Amendment No. 2039-A8 Proposed Rezoning of approximately 0.3399 Hectare (0.84 acre) parcel from Highway Commercial to Tourist Commercial Update on Events activities
COUNCIL REPORTS RDKB REPORT Fire Department Capital and Operating Budget re-allocation Formal Designation of the Market District Strategies to Increase Affordable and Attainable Housing Options in Grand Forks Revised Policy 802 - Procurement Q2 2019 Financial Reports Flippin Fun Gymnastics Grand Forks Community Trails Society Bylaw No. 2039-A7 Proposed Rezoning from R1 to R2 at 2680 - 75th Avenue Bylaw Amendment No. 2039-A8 Proposed Rezoning of approx. 0.3399 Hectare (0.84 acre) parcel from Highway Commercial to Tourist Commercial QUESTIONS FROM THE PUBLIC AND THE MEDIA

Or you can watch them in their entirety below

City Council July 15, 2019

City Council had a rather full day. 4 meetings, 3 of which you can see below.

Committee Of The Whole.
Agenda as an HTML page or as a PDF doc.

Consideration of in-kind support for property owners in DMAF land acquisition Destination GF Team / Economic Development Steering Team Flippin Fun Gymnastics Board of Directors Shelagh Walker Whispers of Hope Revised Policy 802 - Procurement Monthly Highlight Reports Council Remuneration Review Council of Forest Industries - regarding the Interior Forest Renewal Strategy QUESTION PERIOD FROM THE PUBLIC

At 6PM ther was a Public Hearing regarding Bylaw No. 2039-A7 Proposed Rezoning from R1(Single & Two Family Residential) to R2 (Small Lot Residential) and Development Variance Permit Application 2680 75th Avenue.

Right after that was the regular meeting at 7PM. The agenda as an HTML page
or as a PDF doc.
The resolutions regarding economic related activities and plans brought up by the Destination Grand Forks steering committee were dealt with in this part of the meeting.

MINUTES COUNCIL REPORTS Long Term Borrowing for the Fall 2019 MFA Issue - Loan Authorization Bylaws No. 1922 and 1923 Weeds Glass And Gifts Non-Medical Cannabis Retail Licence Application Consideration of In-Kind Support for Property Owners in DMAF Land Acquisition Bylaw 2039-A7 - Proposed Rezoning from R1 to R2 - 2680-75th Avenue LATE ITEMS QUESTIONS FROM THE PUBLIC AND THE MEDIA

The meetings in their entirety.

Committee of The Whole July 15, 2019
City Council Regular Meeting