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WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE DO

The Finance Department manages municipal funds and investments, produces annual financial statements, leads the process of preparing the financial plan and performs all financial services within the City. The department is accountable for the safekeeping of municipal assets and is also responsible for accounts payable, accounts receivable, maintaining records of tickets and fines, utility billing and tax collection, and for securing all goods and services required by the City. Cemetery services are also provided through the Finance Department.

The Finance Department plans and  provides timely and accurate financial information to facilitate the decision-making needs of Council, senior management, and external stakeholders.

ANNUAL REPORT

Every year the City of Quesnel prepares an Annual Report that provides the City’s financial statements, strategic priorities for the coming year and an update on the past year’s activities. The philosophy behind annual reporting is that providing citizens with better information makes for better government. Council now has the opportunity to tell their citizens what they are planning to do, how they intend to do it, and their progress towards it.

The Annual Report must be prepared and presented to Council by June 30 of each year and available for public inspection at least 14 days before the report is considered by Council.

2017
2017 Quarter 1 Report (January 1 - March 31)
Q1 new business licences

2016
2016 Audited Consolidated Financial Statements

2015
2015 Annual Report
2015 Audited Consolidated Financial Statements

2014
2014 Annual Report
2014 Audited Consolidated Financial Statements

BUSINESS LICENCES

The annual Business Licences are due and payable January 31 in any given year. Business Licence renewals are normally mailed out in the middle of January.

All business licence applicants (either new applicants or those making changes to existing licenses) must fill in the form below.

Business License Application Form

Accommodation Business License Form

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QUESNEL AND DISTRICT CEMETERY

The Quesnel and District Cemetery is located in a quiet setting along the Quesnel-Hixon Road, north of the City's downtown and Two Mile Flat areas. Well-manicured lawns and trees mingle with grave markers to provide a respectful and restful place for those who have gone on before us.

To view a map of the cemetery,
click here.

To view a photo map of the cemetery,
click here.

(Please note: These maps are updated quarterly. Some plots that show as available may no longer be so.)

For more information or to reserve a plot in the cemetery, please call the Finance Department at 250.992.2111.

Pioneer Cemetery
Our Pioneer Cemetery, under steadfast, mature evergreen trees, is a peaceful park adjacent to LeBourdais Park along Carson Avenue. Located in downtown Quesnel, this park is a fascinating trip back in history to another era and the people who carved our city out of the wilderness. The earliest grave is dated 1865, marking the resting place of a young boy named Julius Caesar.

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BUDGET

The City of Quesnel completes a five-year financial plan, which is updated every year, to ensure responsible money management that relates directly to the priorities identified by the community.

For information on the budget process, click here.

The Director of Corporate and Financial Services coordinate the City’s five-year Financial Plan process, analyze department budget information, prepare non-departmental revenue estimates, assemble the budget document and provide overview, financial monitoring, and reporting once the budget is adopted. The Director of Finance assists department heads in identifying budget problems and formulating solutions.

Steps in Developing a Financial Plan:

  • City Council approves guidelines for the preparation of the five-year financial plan.
  • The Finance Division addresses the financial position with the City's Senior Management Team.
  • The Finance Division coordinates budget submissions from the departments.
  • The City's Senior Management Team holds a number of meetings to finalize the proposed Five-Year Financial Plan for Council's review.
  • The proposed Five-Year Financial Plan is presented to Council.
  • City Council and the Senior Management Team hold a number of meetings to review and finalize the proposed Financial and Business Plans (City Budget). All meetings are open to the public. Quesnel's citizens are invited and encouraged to provide their input and be part of the process.
  • Financial Plan Bylaw is prepared based on Council decisions, given three readings and adopted.

Having a Financial Plan:

  • Provides City staff with clear direction and the authority to pay for services for Quesnel citizens.
  • Ensures City staff are accountable to the citizens.
  • Meets the requirements of the Community Charter.

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PROPERTY TAXES

2016 Final Tax Rates

Detailed information on the 2016 tax rates is now available:

Average Residential Increase

Property Tax Rates for 2016

Home Owner Grants

Claim your Home Owner Grant online! Click here.

2016 Property Taxes

The 2016 property taxes were mailed out the week of May 16, 2016.

2016 Property Tax due date: Monday, July 4, 2016.
Birth year to claim the over 65 discount: 1951 or ealier.

Detailed information on the 2016 tax rates are linked above.

Your individual property taxes are tied directly to your property assessment. The higher your assessment, the more property taxes you pay. Likewise, any tax increase is also tied directly to your property assessment’s percentage increase.

The following factors affect your tax bill:

  • Increase in the Tax Rate
  • Change in Assessment Values
  • New Local Improvement charges
  • Changes in Homeowner Grant status 
  • Unpaid utilities transferred to taxes

To find out more about your tax bill, contact the Finance Department.

A 10% penalty will be added to 2016 current property taxes outstanding after the due date.

These penalties are a requirement of the Community Charter. The City has no authority to waive or modify these penalty amounts. A payment that is one day late is subject to the same penalty as a payment that is 6 months late.

You can reduce your penalties by claiming your Homeowner Grant even if you are not making a payment on your taxes. Unclaimed Grants are considered outstanding taxes. The last day to claim your Homeowner Grant at City Hall is December 31, 2016. Interest will begin to accumulate effective January 1, 2017.

After December 31, 2016, your Retroactive Homeowner Grant request must be sent to the Province of British Columbia through our offices. Visit City Hall with your driver's licence and Care Card and complete the necessary form. As it requires approval by the Homeowner Grant Branch in Victoria, BC, please be prepared to provide at least two additional samples of proof of residency, such as a utility bill or bank statement.

If Your Property Taxes Are Paid by a Mortgage Company/Financial Institution

It is the sole responsibility of the property owner to complete the Homeowner Grant application every year (if eligible). You must submit your application to City Hall in person or by mail by the due date in order to avoid penalties. You can claim your Homeowner Grant as soon as you receive your tax notice - you do not have to wait until the due date.

Your mortgage company is advised of property taxes payable only and not any unpaid water or sewer levies for the current year.

Property Tax Deferment Programs

The Property Tax Deferment is a low interest loan program administered by the Province of BC that assists qualifying BC homeowners in paying the annual property taxes on their homes.

Certain conditions must be met in order for a tax deferment application to be approved.  For an application form or for more information on eligibility, access the Property Tax Deferment website at http://www.sbr.gov.bc.ca/individuals/Property_Taxes/property_taxes.htm

Tax Deferment Application Forms are available at City Hall. To apply for a new Tax Deferment please send the completed application form and your completed and signed Homeowner Grant application to the City of Quesnel (see contact information to your right).

All property taxes and utilities invoiced up to March 31st of the current year must be paid in full.

PAYMENT OPTIONS

Here are some options that will eliminate having to wait in line on tax and utility due dates.

Pay online
Did you know that most financial institutions allow you to pay your property taxes online? Simply look under "payees" on your financial institution's website, and pick "City of Quesnel - property taxes" as a payee. (Not all financial institutions word this the same way. If you're having problems, contact your financial institution for assistance.)
Note: You must still complete your homeowner grant form and either mail it, fax it, or bring it to City Hall on or before the July 4, 2016 due date.

Post Dated Cheques

You can pay your taxes with a post dated cheque to the tax due date. This will allow City staff time to check your payment and Homeowner Grant Application. Staff can notify you prior to the due date if there are any issues with your payment or grant application. The payment is not processed or deposited in the bank until the date of the cheque.

Payment Drop Box

There is a payment drop box located at the front entrance of the building. Place your cheque and/or Homeowner Grant in an envelope and drop it in the box. Your payments will be processed promptly each morning (Monday to Friday).

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UTILITY BILLINGS

The City of Quesnel provides water, sewer and garbage services to residential, commercial and industrial properties.

Click here for the utility bill info sheet.

2017 Utility Bill Due Dates

Pay in full by Friday, March 10 for a 10% discount or pay quarterly for a 5% discount.

Friday, March 10
Friday, May 12
Friday, August 11
Monday, November 10

For more information on utility due dates and discounts, contact the Finance Department at 250-992-2111.

Payment Options:

PAYMENT OF UTILITIES INVOICE
Payment can be made by mail, in person at City Hall (410 Kinchant Street) or online. Methods of payment include cash, cheque, money order, Interac, post-dated cheques, online and telebanking. CREDIT CARDS ARE NOT ACCEPTED.

PAYMENT BY CHEQUE
Make your cheque payable to the CITY OF QUESNEL. Cheques will not be credited until received by us and may take up to ten (10) business days or longer, depending on your geographic location. Postmarks are not accepted as the date of payment. We will reverse a payment if it is returned or dishonoured for any reason and a dishonoured payment fee will apply.

ONLINE PAYMENTS
Payments may be made using telephone or internet banking facilities through participating financial institutions, at branch locations or through your ATM. Your account number is the 13 digits starting with 100, 200 or 300. Do not include the first three digits. Check with your financial institution for processing delays. Payments will be sent by your financial institution to us within three (3) to five (5) business days and your account will not be credited until we receive the payment.

PRE-AUTHORIZED PAYMENT PLAN
Payments may be made using the City of Quesnel's Pre-authorized Payment Plan. It's easy and it's convenient. Pay your utilities invoice in full by the first due date or in four equal quarterly payments by the due dates shown on the utilities invoice. Call our office at 250-992-2111 to find out how to enroll.

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GENERAL INQUIRIES

250.992.2111

CONTACTS

Kari Bolton, Director of Corporate and Financial Services
250.991.7458 (t)
250.992.1512 (f)
kbolton@quesnel.ca

Jag Badhan, Supervisor of Financial Services
250.991.7454 (t)
250.992.1512 (f)
jbadhan@quesnel.ca

LOCATION

Main Floor, City Hall
410 Kinchant Street
Quesnel, BC V2J 7J5
250.992.2111 (t)

BUSINESS HOURS

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday (excluding statutory holidays)

 
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