2004 Legislative Session: 5th Session, 37th Parliament
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HONOURABLE GARY COLLINS
MINISTER OF FINANCE
|2||Designated port facilities|
|3||Property tax rate cap on designated port facilities|
|4||Property tax rate cap on new investment in port facilities|
|5||Compensation to local governments|
|8-9||Consequential and Other Amendments|
HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of British Columbia, enacts as follows:
1 In this Act:
"assessment roll number" means the alphanumeric identifier described as an assessment roll number on an assessment roll under the Assessment Act and used to identify a particular property;
"Class 4 property" means property that is assessed as property in the Class 4 property class under the Assessment Act;
"designated" means designated under section 2;
"eligible port property" means land identified by a specific assessment roll number, and the improvements on that land, if the following apply to the property:
(a) the property
(i) is located next to a navigable waterway, and
(ii) is assessed, in whole or in part, as Class 4 property;
(b) the property
(i) includes one or more improvements that are assessed as referred to in paragraph (a) (ii) by reason of being industrial improvements within the meaning of paragraph (q) [sea going cargo loading and storage] of the definition of "industrial improvement" in section 20 (1) of the Assessment Act, or
(ii) is used or held primarily in association with property that is otherwise eligible port property;
(c) the property, when considered as a whole, is not primarily used or held for the purpose of the transport of crude oil or petroleum fuel products or both, or for purposes that are ancillary to this transport;
(d) the improvements referred to in paragraph (b) (i) are not primarily used or held for the purpose of the transport of products from an industrial production or processing facility that is part of the property or is near that property, or for purposes that are ancillary to this transport;
"municipal property value taxes" means,
(a) in the case of a municipality other than the City of Vancouver, property value taxes for which rates are established under section 197 (1) (a) [municipal property value taxes] of the Community Charter;
(b) in the case of the City of Vancouver, property value taxes imposed under section 373 [rating by-law], section 459 [business improvement area levies] or Part XXIV [Local Improvements] of the Vancouver Charter;
"municipal tax rate" means the tax rate imposed on property by way of municipal property value taxes.
2 (1) For the purposes of section 3 or section 4, or both, the Lieutenant Governor in Council may, by regulation, designate property that is eligible port property on the date of designation.
(2) A designation under subsection (1)
(a) is to be by assessment roll number as at a date specified in the regulation, and
(b) applies to the land identified by the assessment roll number and to all improvements on that land, whether the improvements were on the land at the date specified or added later.
(3) Subject to section 6 [retroactive regulations for 2004 taxation year], in order to be effective under section 3 or 4 for a taxation year, a regulation under subsection (1) must be in force on or before October 31 in the preceding year.
3 (1) For property that is both
(a) designated for the purposes of this section, and
(b) Class 4 property,
the maximum municipal tax rate that may be imposed is $27.50 per $1 000 of assessed value.
(2) Subsection (1) applies only to the 2004 through 2008 taxation years.
(3) If a municipal tax rate that would otherwise apply to property subject to the restriction under subsection (1) is greater than the rate permitted by that subsection, the municipality may impose a municipal tax rate on the property that is different from the municipal tax rate imposed on other Class 4 property.
(4) For certainty, a municipal tax rate imposed under subsection (3) does not apply for the purposes of section 197 (4) [property taxes for other bodies] of the Community Charter.
4 (1) For property that is both
(a) designated for the purposes of this section, and
(b) Class 4 property,
the Lieutenant Governor in Council may, by regulation, provide that new investment in improvements on that property in a particular taxation year is subject to a maximum municipal tax rate of $22.50 per $1 000 of assessed value.
(2) New investment in improvements is eligible for a municipal tax rate restriction under this section only if it is in relation to improvements whose assessed value is included in an assessment roll for one or more of the 2005 through 2009 taxation years.
(3) A regulation under subsection (1) may do any or all of the following:
(a) limit its application to prescribed improvements or types of improvements;
(b) establish what constitutes new investment in improvements, including by establishing a formula for determining the value of new investment in improvements;
(c) define terms and expressions used in this section;
(d) provide for appeals respecting determinations made under the regulations in relation to this section, including by making provisions of the Assessment Act apply;
(e) make different provisions for different designated property and for different improvements on that property.
(4) The period during which the municipal tax rate restriction under this section applies to new investment in improvements in a particular taxation year is 10 years, beginning the first year in which the restriction applies to that new investment in improvements.
(5) If a municipal tax rate that would otherwise apply to property subject to the restriction under subsection (1) is greater than the rate permitted by that subsection, the municipality may impose a municipal tax rate on the new investment in improvements referred to in that subsection that is different
(a) from the municipal tax rate imposed on other Class 4 property that is subject to the municipal tax rate restriction under section 3, and
(b) from the municipal tax rate imposed on other Class 4 property.
(6) For certainty, a municipal tax rate imposed under subsection (5) does not apply for the purposes of section 197 (4) [property taxes for other bodies] of the Community Charter.
5 (1) If property in a municipality listed below is designated for the purposes of section 3, then, for the purpose of compensating the municipality in relation to the municipal tax rate restriction under that section, the minister must pay out of the consolidated revenue fund to that municipality, in accordance with subsection (2), the amount indicated opposite the name of the municipality:
|The Corporation of Delta||$291 240|
|The Corporation of the City of North Vancouver||$1 254 813|
|The Corporation of the District of North Vancouver||$709 324|
|City of Port Moody||$494 005|
|City of Prince Rupert||$1 383 536|
|District of Squamish||$345 144|
|City of Vancouver||$41 616|
(2) A payment under subsection (1) is to be made in the first taxation year for which the property is designated and for the subsequent taxation years in which it is designated, ending with the 2008 taxation year.
6 (1) The Lieutenant Governor in Council may make regulations under
(a) under section 2 of this Act, or
(b) under section 223 [exemptions under regulations] of the Community Charter in relation to eligible port property
retroactive to the extent necessary to apply for the purposes of the 2004 taxation year.
(2) A regulation may not be made under subsection (1) after December 31, 2004.
7 Despite the Community Charter and the Vancouver Charter, in relation to a regulation under section 2 that applies to the 2004 taxation year, a municipality may, at any time in that taxation year, amend its municipal property value tax rates for that taxation year in order to comply with that section.
Municipalities Enabling and Validating Act (No. 3)
8 The Municipalities Enabling and Validating Act (No. 3), S.B.C. 2001, c. 44, is amended by adding the following Part:
Part 4 -- 2004
13 (1) Despite section 2.1 of the Vancouver Charter, a regulation in force at any time
(i) section 345 [exemptions for industrial or business property] of the Local Government Act, or
(ii) section 346 [exemptions for community ports and airports] of the Local Government Act,
before their repeal by the Community Charter Transitional Provisions, Consequential Amendments and Other Amendments Act, 2003, or
(b) under section 223 [exemptions under regulations] of the Community Charter,
that would have applied, or would apply, to the City of Vancouver if section 2.1 of the Vancouver Charter had not been or were not in force at the applicable time, is conclusively deemed to have applied and, if the regulation is still in force, to continue to apply to the City of Vancouver.
(2) This section is retroactive to the extent necessary to give full force and effect to its provisions and must not be construed as lacking retroactive effect in relation to any matter because it makes no specific reference to that matter.
9 Section 2.1 (2) of the Vancouver Charter, S.B.C. 1953, c. 55, is repealed and the following substituted:
(2) The following provisions of the Community Charter apply to the city:
section 193.1 [interest calculation];
section 223 [exemptions under regulations];
Division 3 [Dispute Resolution] of Part 9 [Governmental Relations].
This Bill is intended to support British Columbia port facilities by
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