Mayne Island Improvement District
Information About Property Taxes
Under the Letters Patent 1964 and 1983 issued by the Province of British Columbia, the Mayne Island Improvement District is empowered to levy taxes to support the provision of fire protection, garbage collection and the operation of the Mayne Island Health Centre “and all matters incidental thereto”.
The Provincial Government, Ministry of Finance collects the taxes for the Fire Protection portion on behalf of local governments, but the local government (Mayne Island Improvement District) must collect the taxes for the Health Centre which includes the heliport. The annual invoice you receive from the Mayne Island Improvement District is a Tax Notice based on information received from the BC Assessment Authority. It is not a voluntary payment.
The Procedure is as follows:
1. A bylaw is passed by the elected Board of Trustees and approved by the Ministry to Tax properties for sufficient funds to provide the services as designated in the Letters Patent.
2. Office of the Surveyor of Taxes provides an Assessment Roll to the Improvement District
3. Tax Notices are calculated and mailed to all property owners for payment.
IF TAXES ARE NOT PAID:
1. Interest and Penalties begin to accrue;
2. Registered Letter is sent to all property owners
3. If Taxes are owed for 24 months or longer, the Ministry of Community & Rural Development is advised
4. The Ministry sends a letter to all property owners 
5. Improvement District notifies lawyers to proceed to Tax Sale  and enacts charges under Mayne Island Bylaw 174 
6. Lawyers send a registered letter and usually a courtesy telephone call to all property owners, with a copy of the letter being sent to all parties with “an interest” in the properly (Eg: Mortgage holders)
7. After 67 days, if taxes are still not paid in full, the Tax Sale proceeds under the terms in the Ministry letter, with public notice having also been given.
The following is an excerpt from a letter from the Ministry of Community & Rural Development that was mailed to all property owners who are delinquent in paying their Mayne Island Health Centre & Heliport Tax Levies:
“We have been advised by the above named Improvement District that your property namely, ...., is subject to tax sale and that it is the intention of the district to proceed against your property in the near future.Before the District sells the property by tax sale, it is our policy to write to those property owners affected and advise them. Under the tax sale procedure pursuant to section 762 of the Local Government Act, once your property is sold, title to the land immediately passes to the successful bidder; there is no period of redemption. Once the property is sold at tax sale you lose it with no recourse.
This letter is being forwarded to you in order that there is no doubt as to what would happen if the taxes outstanding, including interest, are not paid prior to the tax sale. In view of this, we advise you to immediately contact the Improvement District for the amounts outstanding and to make arrangements for payment."
Excerpt from Section 718 of the Local Government Act,:
(1)In addition to all other remedies for the recovery of taxes, including percentage additions and interest, an improvement district
(a)may hold a tax sale for the sale at public auction of all the land on which there are taxes owing to the improvement district for 24 months or longer at the date of the sale
Excerpt from: Bylaw No. 174 cited as the “Health Centre & Heliport Taxation Sale Charge Bylaw ”.
The Trustees of the Mayne Island Improvement District ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
1. There is hereby fixed and made payable to the Mayne Island Improvement District against each parcel of land proposed to be sold at tax sale, a charge not to exceed Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000). This charge is to cover all actual costs incurred including, but not limited to legal fees levied to undertake the process, administration, postage, advertising and professional fees.
2. The aforementioned charge shall form part of the upset price of the parcel being sold at tax sale, pursuant to Section 719 of the Local Government Act.