CITY council’s home values and municipal taxes have dropped for the most part but two councillors have slightly higher taxes even though only one councillor’s home has risen in value.
This year, mayor Carol Leclerc’s home has been assessed to have a value of $397,000, so she will pay $2,021 in municipal taxes and $1,539 in other taxes for a total of $3,560. That rises to $4,087 when other fees are calculated.
That’s compared to the 2016 assessed value of $425,000 in which she paid $2,088 in municipal taxes and $1,455 in other taxes for a total of $3,691.
Councillor James Cordeiro’s home is valued at $354,500 meaning he will pay $1,804 in municipal taxes and $1,426 in other taxes and with other fees, a total of $3,749.
In 2016, when his home was valued at $352,900, Cordeiro paid $1,734 in municipal taxes and $1,205 in other taxes for a total of $3,114
Councillor Brian Downie’s home value is $323,000 for a $1,644 municipal tax payment plus $1,273 in other taxes and with other fees, $3,436 in all.
That’s down from last year’s value of $362,000 and municipal taxes of $1,779 and $1,236 in other taxes.
Next is councillor Sean Bujtas’s home, valued at $291,500 for a municipal tax of $1,484 and $1,162 in other taxes for a total of $3,165 when other fees are calculated.
That’s a small drop in value from last year’s $296,900 value but a rise from the $1,459 he paid in municipal taxes. Bujtas also paid $1,104 in other taxes and with other fees, his total bill was $2,611.
And lastly, councillor Michael Prevost’s home value is $270,700 for a $1,378 municipal tax bill and $1,108 in other taxes for a total of $2,858 when other fees are calculated. Prevost was not on last year’s property owner’s list.
The amounts do not include the homeowner’s grant and in 2016 the mayor and council paid a solid waste management fee when the Kitimat-Stikine regional district’s new way of handling waste was introduced. The city is part of that program.
Councillors Stacey Tyers and Lynne Christiansen don’t own property in the city, said city communications officer Brian Doddridge.