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How Your Property Is Taxed

Each year, the municipality, school districts, regional district, hospital district, and other public agencies need revenue for the services they provide to the residents of Langford.

Each public agency with taxing authority sets a budget for the amount of tax revenue it requires. Tax rates vary among property classifications and are calculated by dividing the budget needs of the agency by its assessment base.

The appropriate tax rate is then applied to individual property assessments, and the tax levy is calculated. Tax exemptions for some categories of property-farms for example- are calculated as part of the assessment before the tax rate is applied.

Municipal property tax rates are set by the City of Langford. The revenue from these taxes is used for public services such as police and fire protection, street lighting, road and drainage maintenance and operating parks and recreational facilities. Your tax notice may also include local services levies calculated on a parcel basis or on the frontage of your property, rather than on its assessed value.

School tax rates applicable to residential properties are set by the provincial government. Residential school taxes are based in part on the number of residences, as well as the total assessed value of residential property in the province, creating a different tax rate in each school district.

School tax rates applicable to non-residential properties are also set by the provincial government. The rates vary by property classification, but are uniform throughout the province within each non-residential property class.

Other taxes shown on the tax notice raise revenues on the budget needs set by local government bodies such as the Capital Regional District, Capital Regional Hospital District, BC Assessment Authority, Municipal Finance Authority and Regional Transit Commission.

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