Property owners in Burnaby must pay their property taxes by the end of the month.
Those who don’t pay their property taxes in full by Sept. 30 will face a 10% penalty. The deadline is an extension compared to most years, when property owners face a penalty if taxes aren’t paid by June 30.
The extension was approved by city council in the early months of the pandemic, along with other cities throughout the province, as a relief measure for property owners who have been affected by the economic downturn incurred by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The extension didn’t extend the actual due date – the city still expected taxes to be paid in full by June 30, but offered a grace period before the penalty kicked in.
According to the city, a third of property owners didn’t pay by June 30. That was more than double the percentage of property owners who had not paid their taxes by June 30. It’s not yet clear how many more have paid their taxes since then.