VICTORIA, BC – Reducing property taxes for business in the City of Victoria is the right thing to do as the pandemic continues to create challenges for our region’s economy.
At the April 8 Committee of the Whole, Victoria’s mayor and council voted to endorse a two per cent decrease in taxes — about $146 for business with an average assessed value of $647,000. During 2020, the assessed value of commercial property dropped by an average of 5.29 per cent. Residential assessed values in the city increased by 2.26 per cent.
“We’re grateful that Victoria council has acknowledged the struggles businesses are facing with uncertain conditions and the pace of change spurred by the pandemic,” Bruce Williams, CEO of the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce says. “We’re seeing many businesses pivot successfully and develop innovations that allow them to adapt. Reducing taxes during this time shows that the city wants to work with the business community, so that all of our employers and operators have a chance to get through this together.”
The tax break reflects an adjustment to the city’s current policy of equalizing changes to taxes across all classes. If council had chosen to follow that policy, the average assessed business would have had a tax increase of $122. Instead, Victoria continues to close the gap between the business and residential share of municipal taxes.
“We want to thank City Council for recognizing the challenges businesses have faced over the last year, this is a significant and meaningful show of support for our business community,” Jeff Bray, Executive Director of the Downtown Victoria Business Association says.
The Downtown Victoria Business Association (DVBA) is the authority on all things happening in Victoria’s downtown core. As a business association, the DVBA provides a variety of services and supports to its 1,400 members to become more successful downtown including: advocating for the downtown business perspective, promoting downtown to the Greater Victoria region, keeping downtown clean, and offering a financial assistance through grant programs. The DVBA’s mission is to nurture and promote the vitality and vibrancy of downtown Victoria and its business community. Learn more about the DVBA at downtownvictoria.ca.
Since 1863, The Chamber has served Greater Victoria by working together to build good business and great community through advocacy, networking, professional development and innovative services as changing times require. In 2020, the Chamber Champions initiative added a powerful resource to provide leadership and guidance to our organization. Current Champions are: Big Wheel Burger, CHEK News, CIBC, Kinetic Construction, Knappett Projects, Mike Geric Construction, MNP, RBC, Seaspan, Spinnakers, TELUS Business and the University of Victoria. Find out more at victoriachamber.ca.
Since 1863, The Chamber has served Greater Victoria by working together to build good business and great community through advocacy, networking, professional development and innovative services as changing times require.