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Maple Ridge fourth lowest in taxes

Sometimes it’s good to be at the bottom of the list, especially when it comes to the dollars homeowners shell out to their local government every year.

And according to a staff report at Maple Ridge's workshop meeting on Monday, that’s where the District of Maple Ridge sits.

Even though it slapped another 5.7 per cent on to taxpayers bills this year, Maple Ridge residents still pay the fourth lowest in taxes and utilities.

Council heard Monday that the average tax bill in Maple Ridge is $2,706.

Only Pitt Meadow people ($2,683) Langley township ($2,673) and Surrey ($2,630) pay less in taxes and utilities while West Vancouverites pay the most, $4,785 this year.

The survey looked at 16 Metro Vancouver cities and had a median tax level of $2,949.

When it comes to comparing the rate of increase, Maple Ridge fits about in the middle.

Mission was able to keep its increase to less than one per cent (0.7 per cent) while Richmond had the largest increase at nine per cent.

Pitt Meadows kept its increase at 4.5 per cent and Coquitlam kept its increase to 4.9 per cent.

Surreyites had to pay on average, 7.8 per cent more in taxes and utilities this year.

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