Understanding Your Tax Bill

The Municipality issues two tax bills per year:

Spring (Interim) Bill – Mailed in early April, Due June 1st

  • The spring (interim) bill provides a property description and an account balance.
  • Generally, it is calculated at half of last year’s final bill.
  • If your bank pays your tax bill on your behalf, you will not be mailed a spring (interim) bill but you can receive all your bills by email – sign up for  Epost-Logo-en

Final Bill – Mailed early August, Due September 30th

  • The final bill has taxable assessment information, general taxes levied by the municipality, area rates charged on the account local improvement charges (if applicable), and account balance information.

The information below will help property owners understand the information on the Final Tax Bill.

Understanding your East Hants tax bill

#1 – Property Description

Line 1 Registered owner of the property

Line 2 registered owner of the property (if applicable)

Line 3 number, Street, Street type

Line 4 Lot Number, Community

#2 – General Property Tax Rate

Residential Taxes General (this could also be the Resource or Commercial rate)

The General Property Tax rate consists of many services.  For 2016/2017 this rate is set at $0.2956 per $100 of Assessment

  • Recreation Programs, Planning, Administration, Recreational and Community Facilities, Economic and Business Development, Municipal Road Expenditures (Municipality of East Hants’ operating costs).

Mandatory Provincial Funding

The Mandatory Provincial Funding rate consists of many services.  For 2016/2017, this rate is set at $0.3587 per $100 of Assessment

  • Assessment Costs Tax – $.0242 for all taxable assessment
  • Corrections Tax – $.0179 for all taxable assessment
  • Education Tax – $0.3031 for all taxable assessment
  • Library Tax – $0.0089 for all taxable assessment
  • Lowing Income Housing Tax – $0.0046 for all taxable assessment

RCMP Services

The RCMP Services rate covers the cost of policing in East Hants.  For 2016/2017 this rate is set at $0.2161 per $100 of Assessment

  • There are 23 full-time equivalent RCMP officers in East Hants.  The cost of this service for 2016/2017 is estimated at $3.5 million.  This equates to a cost per officer of $150,069 (2015:$ 145,553), and includes a budget for DNA and prosecution services.  The cost per officer includes all aspects of RCMP administration, not only salary and benefits of specific officers.

#3 – Area Rates 

  • Fire Department – Fees collected are paid to the Fire Departments to cover operating and capital expenditures.
  • Sidewalks – Contribution toward area installation and maintenance costs related to sidewalks.
  • Streetlights – Contribution toward area LED installation and maintenance costs.
  • Sportsplex – Fees collected to pay debt charges on the capital grant to construct the East Hants Sportsplex.
  • Urban Service Rate – The all-in service rate in areas with multiple services.  This includes sewer, sidewalks, LED streetlights and hydrants (hydrant services are not available in Milford).
  • Private Road Maintenance Fees – Fees collected on behalf of a Private Road Association under the Private Road Bylaw.

 #4 – Waste Management Fee

This fee covers the total cost of waste collection, transportation and processing and is charged per dwelling unit.

The number under the “ASSESSMENT” column on your tax bill indicates how many dwelling units you are being charged for.  This information comes to the Municipality from the Property Valuations Services Corporation (PVSC).

#5 – Mortgage Payment Details (if applicable)

If your taxes are paid by a mortgage company, the Mortgage details that we have on file will be shown on your tax bill.  If these are incorrect, please notify us immediately.

#6 – Total Due

  1. “Final Tax” – The total of the Municipal Taxes and the Mandatory Provincial Funding
  2. “Less Interim amount” – The spring (interim) bill is billed in April and will be deducted from this total
  3. “Account Balance”
    1. Any past due amount that is on the account at the time of billing – this includes property taxes, NSF Charges, interest and other lienable charges that are due.
    2. Or, any credit amount (in brackets) on the account at the time of billing – due to pre-authorized payments if applicable or an overpayment.
  4. “TOTAL DUE” – The total amount due by the Due Date shown on the bill (amounts in brackets indicate a credit, please do not pay).

Property Assessment Information

The assessed value showing on your tax bill in the “ASSESSMENT” column is provided by the Property Valuation Services Corporation.  For more information on assessment and dwelling unit information please visit PVSC.CA.