2009 Property Assessment inquiry and appeal results



    VICTORIA, Feb. 19 /CNW/ - BC Assessment has recorded significant
decreases in both public inquiries and property appeal statistics in response
to the 2009 assessment roll.
    BC Assessment values approximately 1.85 million properties in nine
separate property classes. The taxable value of the 2009 assessment roll is
$953 billion, an increase of $13 billion or 1.41 per cent over the 2008
assessment roll.
    The following points highlight key results for the 2009 assessment
inquiry and appeal period from January 2 to February 2:

    
    -  30,613 public inquiries were received province wide at 18 BC
       Assessment area offices, a reduction of 37 per cent over last year's
       total of 48,373. The majority of customer inquiries are received by
       telephone (24,851) followed by email, in-person, fax and regular mail.

    -  7,764 letters requesting assessment reviews by the Property Assessment
       Review Panel (delivered through regular mail, email, fax, or in-
       person) were received. This is a reduction of 57 per cent over last
       year's total of 18,241 letters requesting reviews. Most requesters
       used BC Assessment's online appeal form.

    -  These requests contained a total of 18,978 individual property
       appeals, a reduction of 35 per cent over last year's total of 28,966
       individual property appeals. The number of individual appeals is much
       higher than the number of letters requesting reviews because many
       letters ask for a review of the assessments of several properties.

    -  206,286 people visited BC Assessment's website between January 1 and
       January 31, 2009. Most visitors used the e-valueBC online search tool
       that enables property owners to compare their assessment to similar
       properties anywhere in B.C. as well as other properties that have sold
       in their neighborhoods. During the same period last year, 299,128
       people visited the website.


    The following table provides detailed 2009 assessment roll statistics for
BC Assessment's 18 regional offices:

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    Assessment      Total         %     Total         %      Total         %
        office     public  decrease   records  decrease      folio  increase
                inquiries      over  (letters)     over  (property)       or
                               2008        of      2008    appeals  decrease
                                       appeal                           over
                                                                        2008
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    Capital         2,974     -24.4       891     -58.4      1,243     -48.2
    (Victoria/
    Gulf
    Islands)
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    Central         3,162     -41.7       429     -73.6      1,112     -42.1
    Vancouver
    Island
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    Courtenay       1,443     -47.7       259     -65.3        435     -47.3
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Vancouver       3,978     -30.6     1,547     -39.2      4,620     -16.0
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    North Fraser    1,572     -41.6       394     -63.8      1,107     -42.9
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Richmond/       1,169     -41.6       254     -65.8      1,089     -46.7
    Delta
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    Surrey/         1,380     -41.6       424     -43.2      1,670      39.5
    White Rock
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    Fraser Valley   2,018     -50.4       783     -53.8      1,992     -15.7
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Penticton       1,482     -20.5       202     -64.6        493     -40.7
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Kelowna         2,469     -26.6       852     -23.9        839     -11.6
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Vernon          1,257     -43.0       298     -65.5        766     -37.1
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Nelson/Trail    1,003     -48.4       142     -64.9        530      -1.9
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    East Kootenay   1,115     -32.5       174     -68.2        350     -63.9
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Kamloops        1,610     -13.3       212     -72.6        519     -39.7
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    Cariboo           680     -53.6       171     -68.8        314     -49.4
    (Williams
    Lake)
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    Northwest         720     -22.8        87     -81.7        218     -66.0
    (Terrace)
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    Prince George   1,675     -38.4       505     -53.5        560     -45.3
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Peace River       906     -35.4       140     -72.5      1,121     -64.2
    (Dawson Creek)
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    TOTALS:        30,613               7,764                         18,978
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    Note: These numbers may vary slightly until the appeal period closes on
    March 16, 2009.
    

    Property Assessment Review Panels (PARP) are appointed and administered
annually by the Ministry of Community Development to hear formal complaints
(appeals). February 2 was the deadline to an appeal to PARP. Reviews are held
between February 3 and March 16. For more information on the PARP process,
visit www.cd.gov.bc.ca/parp/ or www.bcassessment.ca.
    Last November, the B.C. government passed the Economic Incentive and
Stabilization Statutes Amendment Act in order to provide stability for
property owners concerned about property values during an economic downturn.
This legislation required 2009 assessments to reflect the value of a property
as of either July 1, 2007 or July 1, 2008, whichever date provided a lower
value.





For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Shelby Alfred, BA, ABC,
Communications, BC Assessment, (250) 595-6211 local 251; Alternate media
contact: John Barry, BA, Communications, BC Assessment, (250) 595-6211 local
277

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