Along with the launch of their new website, the District of Sooke launched an online Property Tax Calculator. This calculator lets you enter the assessed value of your home and from there, it will calculate your taxes. Tax assessments were mailed earlier this year; if you can’t find yours, you can always look it up online.
One limitation is that the District’s tax calculator only returns the portion of your tax bill that goes to Sooke; the other add-ons, like the CRD and school taxes (which are beyond the control of the District) will not be included in this calculation.
Assuming a Property Assessment Value of $500,000 (it’s a perfect imaginary house, used for illustration purposes only), the calculated 2018 Municipal Tax Portion that goes to the District will be $1,275.00. Of that:
- $277.57 goes to the RCMP for policing services by the Sooke Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Detachment for the municipality as well as for the communities of East Sooke, Otter Point, Shirley, Jordan River and Port Renfrew. The Detachment is served by 15 members, four public servants, and two guards. In addition to their distinctive motor vehicles, the RCMP occasionally utilize bike patrols on a part-time basis.
- $250.28 goes to the Fire Department, for providing emergency preparedness, public education, medical first responder, hazardous material response, technical rescue, inspection and bylaw, and fire suppression.
- $20.65 goes to Bylaw Services for delivering the District’s bylaw enforcement program including use of parks and other public spaces, property conditions, excessive noise, business licensing and other activities. While there are certain areas of enforcement that are safety related and require proactive enforcement, most of these bylaws are enforced on a complaint only basis.
- $61.20 goes to Corporate Services, whose services include Council and committee meeting agendas and minutes, legislative services, public reception, corporate record management, FOI requests, and corporate communications.
- $99.19 goes to Financial Services, whose services include asset management, financial planning and reporting, accounting and payroll, property taxes, mapping, land records, computer hardware and software implementation and maintenance, cash and debt management, insurance and risk management, preparation of financial statements for audit, Statement of Financial Information (SOFI) reporting, Home Owner Grant Act and School Act compliance reports, Gas Tax reporting and other required regulatory reporting.
- $194.69 goes to Development Services, whose services include planning, Subdivision and Engineering supports quality development, economic prosperity, capital projects and maintenance roads and storm water systems. The departments have a broad range of policy, regulatory and program responsibilities including land use planning, development, rezoning applications, and issuance of related permits.
- $108.50 goes to Parks, a subdivision of Development Services, and this section is a result of a 2016 Council decision to bring community parks operations in-house.
- $44.24 goes towards Capital Projects, funds for the replacement of assets that have reached the end of their lifecycle and the purchase of new assets to meet the needs of our growing community.
The numbers will not add up precisely, as some departments have been left out of this calculation, but it will provide you with a general view of where your tax dollars are being put to work at the District of Sooke. Also note that the section for the Building Department will show as $0.00 as it is a self-funding division. It is responsible for processing residential and commercial building, plumbing and other related permit applications.
To get your exact property tax assessment (which was sent to you at the beginning of the year), use this BC Assessment website.