Property Assessment Notices Sent

Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations (to March 31, 2014)

February 7, 2007 8:55 AM

Assessment notices are in the mail today, Feb. 7, to about 580,000 property owners in Nova Scotia. Provincially, the total value of property assessments is more than $64.8 billion, an increase of about 7.7 per cent from 2006.

"These assessments reflect a continuing increase in residential property values and, in particular, waterfront properties," said Debi Karrel, director of operations, assessment services. "This commercial increase can be explained partially because of increased commercial property values, and new commercial construction."

Provincially, residential property values increased by 9.6 per cent and commercial assessments increased by 6.2 per cent from 2006.

Notices of property assessments for most residential properties will include a personal identification number as well as an assessment account number. By entering the information on the assessment website, www.nsassessment.ca, owners can look up assessment information about their property. Those without Internet access can obtain the information and answers to assessment questions by calling 1-800-667-5727.

Property owners may appeal the market-value assessment if they do not believe it is a reasonable estimate of market value as of Jan. 1, 2005. To appeal, the form on the bottom of the assessment notice must be filled out and returned to the regional assessment office by midnight Wednesday, Feb. 28. Property owners cannot appeal the capped assessment.

Residential property owners who have applied for the 2007 CAP program will know if they received the cap when they get their assessment notice. If they see a value in the capped value section of their notice, they will be taxed on that value.

The CAP rate for the 2007-2008 tax year was set by the province at 10 per cent. Applications for the CAP program for the 2007-2008 tax year were due Sept. 30, 2006. Beginning with the 2008-2009 tax year, the CAP rate will be set at Nova Scotia's Consumer Price Index.

The CAP rate for the 2007-2008 tax year was set by the province at 10 per cent. Applications for the CAP program for the 2007-2008 tax year were due Sept. 30, 2006. Beginning with the 2008-2009 tax year, the CAP rate will be set at Nova Scotia's Consumer Price Index.

Applications for the CAP program for the 2008-2009 tax year are due Sept. 30. They are available at any assessment office or on-line at www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/asmt/cap/ .


FOR BROADCAST USE:

     Assessment notices are in the mail today, (February 7th) to

580,000 property owners in Nova Scotia.
     
Provincially, the total value of property assessments is more

than 64-point-8 billion dollars, an increase of about 7-point-7

per cent from 2006.
     
     Provincially, residential property values increased by 9-

point-6 per cent and commercial assessments increased by 6-point-

2 per cent from 2006.
     
     Property owners may appeal their assessment if they believe

it is not a reasonable estimate of market value as of January

1st, 2005.

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Media Contact: Debi Karrel
              Assessment Services
              902-424-4131
              E-mail: karreld@gov.ns.ca