Coquitlam home and business owners can pay for their property taxes online this year with a credit card.
Property taxes are due July 4.
The plastic payment option comes at the request of taxpayers and following recent changes to regulations in the credit card industry, city staff say.
It also comes as other B.C. municipalities move to a system to allow credit card payments for all municipal programs and services — usually with a convenience charge for the local government to offset the processing cost:
- Coquitlam: Two (2) per cent
- Port Moody: 1.95 per cent
- Anmore: 2.4 per cent
- Burnaby: 1.75 per cent
- Richmond: Two (2) per cent
- Whistler: 2.2 per cent
- Bowen Island: 2.6 per cent
Coquitlam residents without a credit card or who don’t want to use it can still pay for property taxes and utilities online through internet banking, or in person at the bank/credit union and city hall.
You can visit the City of Coquitlam's website for more information.
To claim the homeowner grant, go to the Provincial Government Homeowner Grant Administration website or call 1-888-355-2700.
Still, there won't be a credit card processing levy for Coquitlam residents paying for:
- recreation program registrations and services via SignMeUp
- dog licences
- business licences
- bylaw fines and charges
In Coquitlam, utility payments — water, sewer and waste collection — are due March 31.
This year, the water charge for a single-family home is $640 while the sewer fee is $522.
For condo and townhouse owners, the rate is $384 for water and $522 for sewer.