Maple Ridge tax bills already in mail

  • May. 24, 2011 6:00 p.m.

staff reporter

It’s in the mail, so don’t think you can weasel out of paying your municipal taxes by blaming a postal strike.

The District of Maple Ridge mailed out its property tax notices May 18, earlier than usual, in case Canada Post workers went on strike Tuesday (although they didn’t.)

But if the strike happens, homeowners can pay their bills at their bank, online or via their telephone, as well as by lining up at municipal hall, Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To make it even easier, the tax section of municipal hall will be open until 8 p.m. every Thursday to take payments.

If you haven’t yet received your tax notice, call municipal hall at 604-467-7316 and another copy can be mailed out.

Deadline for tax payments is July 2 and failure to do so will see a five-per-cent penalty added to the amount owing and a further five per cent on Sept. 2.

People can also apply online for their home-owner grants. There are also hardship tax-deferral program and a low-income grant supplement. Go to mapleridge.ca for more information.

Taxpayers will be paying on average five-per-cent more in taxes this year compared to last.