1. Why has this utility arrears amount been added to my property taxes?
The water and sewer utilities within the District of Sicamous service area are owned by the District. As such, Section 258 of the Province of British Columbia’s Community Charter establishes that all utility accounts of municipally-owned utilities are liens against the property, and the outstanding balances of those accounts that are in default at December 31st are transferred to the tax account where the services were originally provided. This transfer happens annually on December 31st of each year. The Community Charter governs the District's actions, whereby all closed accounts with unpaid balances and active owner accounts that have a balance as at December 31st are transferred to the appropriate tax roll for the fiscal year in which the charges were incurred.
2. Can I get a detailed accounting history of these overdue accounts?
The District of Sicamous can provide the account holder and/or property owner with the applicable utility billing information. Please contact us at 250-836-2477.
1. Can I make a partial payment now and pay the rest later?
Section 258 of the Province of British Columbia’s Community Charter, which regulates this process, requires that the transfers be applied as an arrears balance which sets up an interest charge. The District of Sicamous accepts partial payments, however applicable interest is applied.
The interest rate is set every four months by the Province.
2. How can I pay the utilities that were transferred to my tax roll? Where can I make payment?
The outstanding utility arrears amount(s) is now part of taxes. Therefore, payment must be made to the tax roll, not the utility account. Visit our Property Tax Payments Options page for more information.
Who can I talk to about the transfer to taxes process?
Please contact the District of Sicamous Utility Billing and/or Property Tax departments at 250-836-2477 between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:30 pm.