Falkland, rural Enderby residents left without property tax notices

Provincial government blames a system error for the lack of tax bills

The tax man almost forgot about some North Okanagan residents.

A system error within the provincial government means that many residents in Falkland and rural Enderby did not get their 2015 property tax notices when they were first mailed out in late May.

“People have been wondering what happened to them,” said Rene Talbot, Falkland director for the Columbia-Shuswap Regional District.

“I have had a lot of calls and our office has had a lot of calls.”

Herman Halvorson, rural Enderby director, for the Regional District of North Okanagan, has also experienced a similar scenario.

“Lots of people have been calling about it. I haven’t received mine yet either,” he said.

The provincial government is responsible for issuing tax notices and collection of taxes in electoral areas.

The deadline to pay taxes is Thursday, but new tax notices with an extended payment deadline of 38 days from the date of issue are now being sent out to impacted taxpayers.

Affected taxpayers will not be subject to a late payment penalty if they pay their property taxes by the extended deadline.

Beyond Falkland and rural Enderby, tax notices  were also not mailed to areas C, E and F in the CSRD, and parts of the Kitimat-Stikine region and the University Endowment Lands in Vancouver.