Province grants $25K to Cranbrook

City receives annual reimbursement for provincial land that doesn't pay into municipal property taxes.

Cranbrook will receive $25,138 from the provincial government as part of annual compensation for municipal property taxes through a grant in lieu program.

In total, the province is doling out $17.3 million to 56 B.C. municipalities as reimbursement for municipal services that benefit government properties, such as sewers, roads and fire protection.

Government properties include courthouses, provincial government office buildings and warehouses. Schools and hospitals are exempt from paying municipal taxes and are not a part of the grants-in-lieu calculation, which is set out in the Municipal Aid Act.

Highways, forest, parks or land under the control of a crown corporation are also exempt under the legislation.

The funding is distributed through the Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services.