Richmond will lower property taxes by two per cent and not expect payment until Sept. 2 – deferred from the original date of July 2.
City council will ask the province to make a ruling to allow all municipalities in B.C. to defer property taxes, but if it doesn’t, Richmond will invoke the community charter and do it themselves.
“We’re going to do it ourselves in any case,” said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie at council on Tuesday evening.
The two per cent decrease will mean there will be no money going into capital reserves this year, and the planned hiring of 12 new RCMP officers and five RCMP municipal staff won’t happen this year.
Brodie said the hope is the RCMP officers will be hired next year. …