The primary function of the District of Fort St. James finance department is to provide financial management information to Council, municipal staff, the public and other governments. They also oversee Property Taxes, Utility Billings and cash management.
The finance department works with Council and department managers to prepare an annual budget and a five year projection of operating and capital expenditures for review and approval by council. A copy of the Annual budget can be found here.
The finance department has the responsibility for billing and collecting property taxes, administering the BC Home Owner Grant Program and the BC Property Tax Deferment Program, as well as the Annual Tax Sale.
Water, Sewer and Garbage statements (utility bills) are mailed semi-annually for all utility accounts. Semi-annual payments are due in full by the last working day of April and October.
Seniors (65 and over in the current year) are eligible for a 50% discount on utilities for their residence, if payment is received in full by the utility due date. A 5% penalty will be applied to all overdue accounts.
Any unpaid utility amounts are transferred to the associated property tax account, as taxes in arrears, on December 31 of each year.
Rates for utilities are set by the municipality annually and are governed by the applicable bylaws, which can be found here.
Director of Finance
Katie Cooper, Accounting Clerk