Disturbing notes from our members
Tax assessments are coming out with a surprise
It seems that a number of our members are being surprised that their docks will cost them more in 2016. Property tax assessments are coming out and, it seems that those who have complied with the rules are being stuck with an assessment for their foreshore lease and an arbitrary value for their dock.
We've had notes from a couple of members, and at least two of our board have received these updated assessments. From what we can tell, those with olderLeases or Licences of Occupation are now having their licence as well as dock assessed.
We haven't heard of anyone with the more recent Specific Permission orGeneral Permission for their dock having gotten re-assessed.
Those of you with these permissions, please let us know if you've been tagged for this.
Here's a note from our board SD, Dave Cunliffe...
There is a recent initiative by BC Assessment to tax residential foreshore leases. Those of you affected will have received an assessment notice. They seem to be assigning a base land assessment of $1000 and then some arbitrary building assessment of between $10,000 and $15,000 for the value of the dock. This would be added to your annual property tax bill. This information is based on the limited information we have received so far from concerned members. There is some urgency as any appeals must be filed by February 1, 2016.
We are suggesting that all affected SWOA members file an appeal of their assessment. Possible grounds for appeal follow:
1. The value of the foreshore lease is already reflected in the market value of the waterfront parcel and home.
2. Small actual area
3. Floating docks should not be considered as property improvements as they are removed annually. These are not fixed improvements.
4. Common law right to navigate includes a dock for the purposes of loading and unloading freight and passengers.
5. There is no assessment of specific or general permission for docks (we think, let us know) – as the licence is an old form of tenure and will be replaced with permissions when they expire [We have now heard from members that the specific and general permissions are also being taxed, so this doesn't work]
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