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Series S711 - Property tax assessment maps

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Property tax assessment maps

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  • [ca. 1960-1977] (Creation)
    Vancouver (B.C.). Assessment Division

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364 maps : mounted on board

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The Assessment Division was created by Council as the Office of the Assessment Commissioner in 1886. The Department was responsible for overseeing the real property assessment function within the city. The primary responsibility of the Commissioner was to estimate the value of each parcel of real property in the city and to prepare an annual real property assessment roll for general property tax and school tax purposes. Assessments were subject to appeal to the Court of Revision, as requested by property owners.

In the early years of the City's history, the Commissioner was additionally responsible for the management of city owned properties, promotion of industrial development, providing assistance to the City Solicitor and handling the tax sale of properties in addition to preparing assessment rolls. In 1947 (by-law no. 3047) the Assessment Commissioner also became responsible for a business premises rental value assessment roll, for business tax purposes. The assessment function was located within the Financial Department primarily because of its direct connection to the department's tax related functions. As the City grew, many of these functions were passed to specialized divisions within the department.The Director of Finance and his predecessors had general control and supervision over the arrangement of the Division, but did not exercise any direction or control in the performance of the Assessment Commissioner's statutory duties.

In 1966, the Assessment Division was established, with the Commissioner as its head.

In 1975, the establishment of the British Columbia Assessment Authority resulted in the transfer of this responsibility to the provincial government in 1977.

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Series consists of records created during the process of determining assessments for real property in the City of Vancouver. Records consist of copies of portions of city sectional maps which have been mounted on board. The majority of the maps have been heavily annotated in pencil with information used to determine assessed values of properties, including most recent resale values, square footages, presence or absence of sewers in neighbourhoods, recent flooding, etc.

For many of the areas of the city there are two maps, one of which may have little or no annotation.

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Many of the maps are very dirty, with annotated script difficult to read. In some cases taped sheets of information are falling off, and taped hinges holding the boards together are separating.

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The maps are closely associated with the Tax assessment rolls found in series COV-S435. Assessments usually make reference to a map in series COV-S711, by map number.

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