BC Assessment is hoping to hear from all residents in the Cariboo Chilcotin whose properties were damaged by the summer’s wildfires. Monica Lamb-Yorski photo

BC Assessment reaches out to property owners impacted by wildfires

If your property was damaged by the summer’s wildfires and you have not been in contact with BC Assessment you are encouraged to call in

Property owners impacted by the summer’s wildfires should have heard from BC Assessment by now.

“Over the past few months, we have been identifying and reviewing the property damage that occurred from the wildfires this past summer,” said Jarrett Krantz, deputy assessor for Northern B.C. “We have been focused on ensuring the current property conditions are used to determine 2018 property assessments.”

While BC Assessment is fairly confident that most Northern BC impacted property owners have been identified and contacted, Krantz said it is still possible that some properties may still need to be identified within the Cariboo region. People who have not been in contact are asked to call 1-866-825-8322 ext. 26405 as soon as possible.

As a result of the fires, property owners could see possible changes to their 2018 property assessments depending on their geographic location when their property assessments are mailed out in January 2018.

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In the Thompson Okanagan region, BC Assessment was able to identify the impacted property owners within the region and have made the necessary adjustments to assessments, said Tracy Wall, deputy assessor for the Thompson Okanagan Region.

“We recognize the difficult situation that property owners have been in, and we want to work with you to ensure your property assessment is accurate because property assessments are used to determine your property taxes,” Wall said. “If anyone impacted by the wildfires, upon receiving the notices, feels that your assessment has not been adjusted appropriately, then you are urged to contact us to discuss the matter before January 31.”

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