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.

Final Bill – Mailed early August, Due October 1st

  • 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.

#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/Resource/Commercial Taxes General (depends on type of property)

The tax structure in East Hants is built around the General Tax Rate. This tax rate funds the operations of the Municipality, RCMP services, and transfer to the Province of Nova Scotia.

Mandatory Provincial Funding

The Mandatory Provincial Funding rate includes corrections, education, libraries and low income housing taxes.  

RCMP Services

The RCMP Services rate covers the cost of policing in East Hants.

#3 – Area Rates 

Services specific to a community are charged through an area rate. These may include:

  • 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 for which you are being charged.  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 email:  taxes@easthants.ca

#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.


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