Owners of more than 208,000 properties throughout the Okanagan can expect to receive their 2019 assessment notices, which reflect market value as of July 1, 2018.
The notices are expected to arrive within a few days.
“The majority of residential homeowners within the Okanagan can expect a 5 to 15 per cent change compared to last year’s assessment,” said Thompson Okanagan assessor Katrina LeNoury. “Local communities and individual housing may experience changes greater or lesser than the average, as market values are based on local market demand and conditions.”
As B.C.’s trusted provider of property assessment information, BC Assessment collects, monitors and analyzes property data throughout the year.
Overall, the Okanagan’s total assessments increased from about $108 billion in 2018 to $118.6 billion this year. A total of about $2.5 billion of the region’s updated assessments is from new construction, subdivisions and rezoning of properties. The Okanagan area forms a part of BC Assessment’s Thompson Okanagan region and includes the Shuswap (Sicamous to Sorrento) in the north, then south through all of the Okanagan communities to the Canada/U.S. border at Osoyoos and west to Princeton.
The summaries provide estimates of average 2018 versus 2019 assessed values of properties throughout the region. The average is represented by the median, or midpoint, value that removes the influence of outliers.
BC Assessment’s website at bcassessment.ca includes more details about 2019 assessments, property information and trends such as lists of 2019’s top valued residential properties across the province.
The website also provides self-service access to a free, online property assessment search service that allows anyone to search, check and compare 2019 property assessments for anywhere in the province. As a new option, property owners can unlock additional property search features by registering for a free BC Assessment custom account to store/access favourites, create comparisons and use our new interactive map.
“Property owners can find a lot of information on our website including answers to many assessment-related questions, but those who feel that their property assessment does not reflect market value as of July 1, 2018, or see incorrect information on their notice, should contact BC Assessment as indicated on their notice as soon as possible in January,” said assessor Katrina LeNoury.
“If a property owner is still concerned about their assessment after speaking to one of our appraisers, they should submit a Notice of Complaint (Appeal) by Jan. 31 for an independent review by a Property Assessment Review Panel.”
The Property Assessment Review Panels, independent of BC Assessment, are appointed annually by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and typically meet between Feb. 1 and March 15 to hear formal complaints.
“It is important to understand that increases in property assessments do not automatically translate into a corresponding increase in property taxes,” explains LeNoury. “How your assessment changes relative to the average change in your community is what may affect your property taxes.”