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Posted: June 23, 2020

Notes from City Hall

PROPERTY TAX DEADLINE

The DEADLINE for payment of your 2020 City of Kimberley property taxes is JULY 2, at 4:45 p.m.  If you haven’t received your Property Tax Notice please contact City Hall at 250-427-5311 or [email protected] and request that a copy be forwarded to you. No exemption from taxation or penalty will be given by reason of non-receipt of the Notice.

To help ensure compliance with physical distancing recommendations related to COVID-19, online or telephone payment of your taxes through your financial institution and online submission of your Home Owner Grant application through the City Website are strongly encouraged. Cheques and completed Home Owner Grant applications can also be mailed directly to City Hall or dropped off in the mail slot to the right of the main entrance at City Hall.

Regardless of your method of payment, please allow time for the funds to arrive by the deadline to avoid penalties. Post marks on mailed remittances will not be considered as date of payment. Receipt of electronic payments will be recorded as of the date and time the funds are posted to the city’s bank account and not when the payment is transmitted by your financial institution.

Contacting City Hall

City Hall has re-opened to the public with several health and safety measures in place designed to protect City Hall staff and the public. Hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and we will only be open for payments of utility bills and property taxes as well as license fees, permit fees and transit passes. Mondays and Wednesdays are reserved for seniors or others who may be immunocompromised. Stay home if you are sick and leave children and pets at home if possible.

At this time, the Planning and Operations Departments will hold meetings by phone or online conference as needed. To contact the City Operations Department call 250-427-9660 or email [email protected]. To contact the Planning Department call 250-427-5311 or email  [email protected] or [email protected]. You may also view the City of Kimberley Department directory to reach the appropriate individual for your needs: www.kimberley.ca/contact.

Playgrounds and Public Washrooms at Rotary Park and Skate Park Now Open

Signage has been placed at all parks and playgrounds outlining expectations for proper use. Please note that city staff will not be sanitizing playground equipment as the BC Parks and Recreation Association states that the UV rays from the sun, as well as rain water, helps to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Washroom facilities will be cleaned once a day at opening with operating hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. each day. All washrooms and playground equipment are ‘use at your own risk.’

Top 10 Ways to Help Wildlife

Excerpt from WildsafeBC and Community Coordinator Danica Roussey

  1. Keep your garbage secure – store it in a secure location indoors or a bear-resistant enclosure.
  2. Only put your garbage/compost/recyclables out on collection day – never the night before.
  3. Manage your fruit trees so that fruit is picked as it ripens and no windfall accumulates.
  4. Bring bird feeders in from April to November – and when they are out, ensure that the ground underneath is kept free of seeds.
  5. Feed pets indoors.
  6. Maintain your compost so that it doesn’t smell. Add fruit slowly. Never add meat or other animal products.
  7. Protect orchards, beehives and small livestock with a properly maintained electric fence.
  8. Respect wild animals by not feeding them. Food-conditioned wildlife are more likely to come into conflict.
  9. Keep barbecues clean and odour free.
  10. Report any wildlife in conflict immediately to the Conservation Officer Service 24/7 at 1-877-952-7277.

According to Solid Waste Regulation & Rates Bylaw No. 2520, 2015, an owner shall ensure that solid waste is stored in a way to prevent animals from accessing it. Under Section 4.4 (c) of this by-law, the fine for not securing your garbage is $75.

City of Kimberley


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