Area Rates on My Annual Tax Bill
Residential and Resource Property $0.92/$100 of Assessment
Commercial Property $2.23/$100 of Assessment
Sewer Maintenance rate/unit $205
Universal Haul Area Rate/dwelling unit $96.82
Street Lights Area Rate $70.57
Fire Tax Levy (as determined by Local Fire Department)
District 1&4 $ 40
District 2 $ 50
East River $ .14/$100 of assessment
District 3/5 $ 30
District 6 $ 40
District 7 $ 40
District 8 $ 40
District 50 (Pipeline) $.16/$100 of assessment
Municipal Tax Payment Options
- Payments can be made in person at 8296 Hwy #7, Sherbrooke; by cash, cheque, money order or debit.
- Payment may be made by mailing a cheque or money order, made payable to the Municipality of St. Mary’s; PO Box 296 Sherbrooke, NS B0J 3C0
Payment via online/telephone/in branch banking for Royal Bank, Scotia Bank, Credit Union, TD Bank and BMO.
Please note to reference the Municipal Assessment Account number (8 digits) when making payment.
The payee name for Royal Bank of Canada is : Municipality of St Mary's
The payee name for Bank of Nova Scotia is: Mun District St Mary's Taxes
The payee name for Credit Union is: St. Mary's, Municipality-Property Tax
The payee name for TD Bank is: St. Mary's (Nova Scotia) Taxes
The payee name for Bank of Montreal (BMO): ST. MARY'S, MUNICIPALITY OF, TAX
The payee name for CIBC: St. Mary's (Nova Scotia) Tax
- COMING SOON! Credit Card payments will be accepted only through our online website (Paymentus)
- Sorry no WIRE transfers accepted
- All cheques that are returned NSF will be charged a fee of $25
Annual tax bill is for the period of April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018. All taxes not paid by the due date of July 31, 2017 will accrue interest at a rate of 1.16% per month (14% per annum).
Address and Name Changes
Name change (marriage, death, divorce, etc.) documentation must be provided to the office must accompany written request.
HOWEVER; If property has been migrated you must notify Land Registration Office by calling 902-563-2280 and submitting the following forms:
For Address Changes:Form 21 LRO
For Name Changes:Form 22 LRO
Property Valuation and Assessment Information
YOUR PROPERTY ASSESSMENT NOTICE WAS MAILED JANUARY 2017 FROM PVSC.
When you receive your assessment notice in January: Review the information to ensure you understand your current property assessment. If you do not feel that your assessment is a reasonable estimate of market value two years prior to the date of your notice, you can appeal your assessment. A detachable appeal form is on the front of your notice. Please contact PVSC if you have any questions about your assessment or if you're considering filing an appeal.
For additional information and online services such as epost delivery of Assessment and "My Property Report" visit www.pvsc.ca or phone 1-800-380-7775
Assessment Notices for your property arrive early in January of each year. Each property owner has 21 days from the date on the Notice to appeal the assessed value if they should choose to do so. Please make note of your assessment! Once the 21 days has elapsed it is too late for the current year to make any changes and you will be taxed on the value shown on your notice. For any additional information on Assessment you can contact Property Valuation Services Regional Office in Port Hawkesbury at 1-902-625-4250 or toll-free at 1-800-529-7708; or by visit Property Value Servcices Corporation.
Have your Assessment Account Number on hand for use online. Your AAN can be found on your Assessment Notice or Municipal Tax Bill
Understanding your Property Assessment Notice
The front page of your notice shows your property's assessed value, capped assessment (if eligible for the Capped Assessment Program) and taxable assessed value (used to calculate your property taxes). The back of the assessment notice includes five years of assessment values for your property.
Capped Assessment Program (CAP)
In Nova Scotia there is Provincial Legislation that places a 'cap' on the amount that residential property assessments can increase year over year. Usually the amount 'capped' is based on the percentage change in Nova Scotia Consumer Price Index. If you are eligible for the CAP your property notice will reflect as such.
The provincial CAP legislation states that if you purchase a home and the property does not stay within your family (transferred to a spouse, child, grandchild, great grandchild, parent, grandparent, brother or sister) your property assessment will not be capped.
Eligible At least 50% owned by a Nova Scotia resident
Residential property with less than four dwelling units or vacant resource
Annual increase in market value greater than the Nova Scotia Consumer Price Index
Ownership remained within the family
Owner occupied condominium
Manufactured home park, co-operative housing, residential or resource portions of commercial farm
Majority owned by an out of province resident
Transfer in ownership during the year unless to a close family member
Non-owner occupied condominium
In Nova Scotia, property assessments are based on market value sales from two years prior to the current year.
Here's how it works:
When you receive your assessment notice in January:
•Review the information to ensure you understand your current property assessment.
•If you do not feel that your assessment is a reasonable estimate of market value two years prior to the date of your notice, you can appeal your assessment. A detachable appeal form is on the front of your notice.
•Please contact us if you have any questions about your assessment or if you're considering filing an appeal.