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Property Tax Information

 

2018 Property Reassessment - Open House

Residents will have the opportunity to meet with a reprentative of
Manitoba Assessment Services to discuss their 2018
property assessment on
June 28, 2017, at the Town Office (86 Main Streeet), 3pm to 7pm.

 

The property tax statements for 2017 will be mailed by the first week of July. If you did not receive a statement you are responsible to call 204-388-4600, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or attend to the Town office 86 Main Street to get a copy. Please note that it takes up to 3 months for the Town to receive information on title changes from the Land Titles office.

The amount of taxes indicated on your statement represents the amount due for the entire fiscal year (January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017). Payment must be receipted in the Town office on or before September 29, 2017 by 5:00 p.m. All taxes remaining subsequently unpaid are subject by law to a penalty of 1.25% per month (compounded annually).

2017 Taxes & Mill Rates: The funds required to cover the cost of operating the Town are identified in the annual financial plan (budget). The portioned assessed value of a property divided by 1000 multiplied by the mill rate determines the amount of taxes payable on each property. A mill rate increase of 2% has been levied for 2017. If you have questions regarding taxes and mill rates please call the Town office at 388-4600 Ext. 104. Copies of the financial plan (budget) are available at the Town office and on the Town website at www.whereyoubelong.ca.

If a change of ownership has occurred please
return the tax statement to the Town office so
that it may be redirected.

 

The Tax Statement

Personal Information: The name and address that appears on the enclosed statement is the latest information available at the time of printing. Changing phone numbers, mailing address or email address? Please call the Town Office to update your file.

Assessment: The Province of Manitoba manages the department that maintains and/or establishes property values throughout the province except Winnipeg. If you have any questions regarding the assessed value of your property (as indicated on your tax statement) please call the assessment office at 204-326-9896. In all cases, when making inquiries regarding your property, please refer to the roll number noted on the top right-hand corner of your property tax statement.

Municipal Taxes:

Like all municipalities, the main source of funding for operations is derived from property taxes. The funds required to cover the cost of operating the Town are identified in the annual financial plan(budget). Copies of the financial plan (budget) are available at the Town office and on the Town website at whereyoubelong.ca. Taxes are levied based on an apportioned assessment, or a portion of the market value of the property as of a set point in the past. The portioned assessed value of a property divided by 1000 multiplied by the mill rate determines the amount of taxes payable on each property. Tax bills are issued in July of each year for January to December of that year and are due on the last business day of September.

General Municipal at Large: All properties, other than exempt properties, pay the General Municipal at large taxes.

By-Laws:

Local Improvement Levy: In some areas, utility and street construction debt repayment levies may also have an impact on your municipal taxes. These levies will continue to be charged against the property during the terms indicated on the tax statement.

Waste Collection: Residential properties pay an annual fee for curbside waste removal. For more information on waste collection specifications please visit the Town website or call the Town Office.

Special Services: All properties, including exempt properties pay the special levy. The special levy provides for fire and EMR (emergency medical response) services, policing, and street Lighting.

Education Taxes:

The Town of Niverville does not set education tax rates but is required under provincial legislation to raise and collect both provincial and local education taxes. The Hanover School Division is the local education authority for the Town of Niverville. For clarification on education taxes please contact either your school board trustee or the Hanover School Division at 204-326-6471.

Education Property Tax Credit Advance:

The Province of Manitoba administers a “school tax” rebate program. Manitoba residents who pay more than $250.00 of annual property education taxes are entitled to a Education Property Tax Credit Advance (EPTCA). To qualify for the credit to be applied directly to the tax bill you must be the resident and owner of the property for which you are applying AND have been levied taxes as of January 1, 2017. Application forms are available at the Town office. Deadline to apply is November 15, 2017. After that date property owners can apply on their annual personal income tax return. There is an opportunity to apply each year.

 

**ATTENTION NEW HOME OWNERS**

Your new home may not have the Education Property Tax Credit Advance on your bill. Newly built homes and homes that were previously used as rental properties will not have the EPTCA automatically deducted from the bill. Check your bill to ensure that you are receiving the credit.

You will need to contact the Town office for an application form to apply.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 204-388-4600 Extension 104

 

Seniors’ School Tax Rebate

The 2017 Rebate may be claimed when you file your 2017 personal income tax in the spring of 2018. This means that a separate application for the rebate is no longer necessary. To be eligible for the Seniors' School Tax Rebate, you or your spouse/common-law partner must:

  • be 65 years of age or older by the end of the year (December 31);
  • own your home or be liable for paying the school taxes on your principal residence;
  • live in your home; and
  • be residents of Manitoba

For more information, please contact the Manitoba Tax Assistance Office at 204-948-2115 (Toll-free 1-800-782-0771)

 

Added Tax or Supplementary Tax bills

These are taxes that have been levied for additions to the assessment/tax rolls after those rolls are completed for the year to reflect new subdivisions or increases in the assessed value because of new construction, additions, or other changes (such as deck added or basement finish, etc.). Reductions can also occur when there is an appeal of assessment or a significant loss (such as flooding, fire, etc.) reported to the assessment branch.

As per Sec. 326(1) of the Municipal Act, supplementary taxes may be imposed only for the current year, and if the value had been changed the previous year, for the previous year. These bills are issued in the fall and due 90 days after the issue date.

Appeals to the supplementary assessments can be made to the Board of Revision. More information on the appeal process can be found on the insert included with the supplementary tax bill.

Using your address, roll number, certificate of title number or other such information, you can access the Property Assessment branch database at the Province of Manitoba website. Click Here to lookup assessment from the Province of Manitoba Assessment Branch. To see the sales history of properties that the assessment branch uses to establish your assessed value, Click Here.

 

Payment FAQ

Does the Town of Niverville have a TIPPS Program? No. If you wish to make monthly payments you may provide a series of post-dated cheques for the Town to process on dates you provide, set up a recurring monthly payment with your online banking account or visit the Town office on a monthly basis and make a payment on your account. NB: The balance of your tax bill must be paid by the due date, September 29th, 2017 at 5pm to avoid late penalties.

What are my payment options?

Mail: Please mail your cheque or money order payable to: Town of Niverville together with the bottom portion of your tax statement(s) to: Town of Niverville, Box 267, Niverville, Manitoba, R0A 1E0. Payments must be received by 5pm on due date. Your cheque may be post-dated to the due date (Sept. 29, 2017) but must be received by the Town Office on or before September 29th . Receipts may be picked up at the Town office or emailed.

In Person: at 86 Main Street to pay your taxes during our regular hours of operation Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please remember to bring your tax bill. You may pay your taxes by cheque, cash, interac, or credit card. Please note that convenience fees apply with payments by credit card.

 Drop Box: You may choose to use the drop box located at the front of our building at 86 Main Street. Please do not put cash in the drop box – all payments are left at the owner’s risk. NOTE: Payments must be in the drop box by 5 p.m. on September 29th, 2017 or they will be considered late and will be subject to a penalty.

 Internet banking: You may pay your taxes electronically through your financial institution. Please confirm with your financial institution whether they are set up for on-line bill payments to the Town. To ensure electronic payments will not be subject to late penalty, please allow at least 3 business days for processing. Check with your financial institution regarding the actual transfer date of your payment. When making an electronic payment for the first time it is recommended that payment be submitted 7 days prior to the due date to allow time to correct any submission errors.     

What if I didn’t get a tax bill? It should be noted that failure to receive a tax statement in your name does not excuse an owner from the responsibility for the payment of taxes, nor relieve the owner of liability of any late payment penalty.

 

Tax Account FAQ

Is the amount showing on this bill my current account balance? Only if your account is not in arrears. The arrears balance shown on the statement is as at May 15, 2017, the balance available when the bills were sent to the Province for printing. Please call 204-388-4600 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get a current balance.

How much is the penalty and when is it applied? The penalty is 1.25% per month (compounded annually) and is applied the day after the due date and on the first day of each month thereafter. (EFFECTIVE ANNUAL RATE = 15%)

If I pay my bill 1 day late does the penalty get pro-rated to 1/30th of the penalty? No, the full penalty applies.

I paid my tax bill in full, why does my account show a balance owing? Your payment may have been late leaving a penalty on the account or if you have an unpaid utility bill or fine that may have been transferred to the tax account.

Will you let me know if I have a balance owing? Reminder notices are mailed out twice per year; they are mailed during the first week of October and again in the first week of January. You are welcome to call or email the Town office any time for an updated balance.

If I miss paying my taxes, how long before my property goes to Tax Sale? Land in arrears for more than one year may be sold for taxes. Council decides early in the year which years’ arrears will go to tax sale. Council generally designates year 3 arrears for tax sale.

I just bought my property and this tax bill is for the whole year. Can I get the bill split and pay only for the portion of the year that I owned the property? No. The current titleholder is responsible for the full bill. Property tax (and utility) accounts follow the property not the owner. The split is calculated and processed through purchase/sale documents with the lawyers at the time of the sale transaction.

 

Assessment FAQ

Why does my bill show only Land taxes, the assessor has been here to assess the new house? New building assessments will be billed later by an “Added Tax” bill when the information is forwarded to the Town by the Assessment Branch. The due date for the “Added Tax” bill will be 90 days from the date of issue.

What if there has been a change in the value of my property (such as significant damage or an addition)? Property owners are advised to talk to an assessor. Please call the Assessment Branch at 204-326-9896

What if I disagree with my assessment?

For persons wishing to appeal their 2018 property assessment, the first step would be to talk to an assessor. Please call 204-326-9896. If you still wish to file an appeal, the Board of Revision will be held on Tuesday, October 17th , 2017; appeal applications must be received in writing at the Town office by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 2nd, 2017. An assessment may be appealed based on the following reasons:

à The amount of assessed value;

à Whether the property has been put in the correct property class;

à Whether the property should be exempt from both municipal and school taxes; or

à Refusal by an assessor to amend the assessment roll based on a written application.

For more information about assessments see www.gov.mb.ca/assessment

What if I have other assessment questions?

Phone the Assessment Branch at 204-326-9896