Property & Taxation Services

Taxation

Property taxes are due this year on September 15, 2021.
(Taxation fiscal year is April 1, 2021 – March 31, 2022)

2021-2022 County Tax Rates
Residential – $1.22
Commercial – $2.12
Resource Property – $1.22

Tax Office Hours: M-F/8:30 am. – 4:30 pm.
Payment Wicket closes at 4 pm.

For residents of the Village of Baddeck:
As of April 1, 2021 the Village of Baddeck administers their own tax billing & payments. For residents of the Village of Baddeck, village taxes and rates for sewer will no longer be included with Victoria County property tax bills and will be sent separately. Any payments for village taxes, sewer or water can be made via the Village of Baddeck administration. Contact them at 902-295-3666/902-295-0851 or by email at megan.cooper@villageofbaddeck.com.

Victoria County tax payments can be made the following ways:

  • Pre-authorized bank payments: Our pre-authorized payment (PAP) plan offers the convenience of having no cheques to write, no worries about overdue payments, and no physical contact at your bank or municipal office. Enrolment in the plan is free and there are no service charges. (See below for more detailed information, including an application, on our PAP program).
  • Online banking: Payment can be made by telephone or internet banking services provided by your bank. Search for payee “VICTORIA NOVA SCOTIA (MUN OF)”. Check with your financial institution if bank charges will apply. Please use your account number as the bill number. If you have multiple accounts, please do a separate payment for each account number. Note that we do not accept email transfers.
  • Credit card: Visa and Mastercard are accepted through Paymentus, a third-party automated payment system. A 1.75% service charge will be added to any credit card payments. A valid email address is required. PAY NOW with a credit card. Credit card payments can also be made through Paymentus’ toll-free telephone line by calling 1-855-748-6067.
  • In person: Payments can can be made by cash, cheque/money order (payable to the Municipality of Victoria County) or debit at the Municipal Administration building at 495 Chebucto Street, Baddeck, NS between the hours of 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.
  • By mail: Cheques/money order made payable to ‘Municipality of Victoria County’ can be sent to 495 Chebucto Street, Baddeck B0E 1L0. Postdated cheques are accepted and held by the Tax Department. Please do not send cash in the mail.

Remember to include your tax account number with all payment types.

When paying by mail or at a financial institution, please allow sufficient time for your payment to reach our office. Payment is deemed to be made on the date the payment is received, not the day the payment is made. Payments received after the due date will incur interest charges.

Interest Charges: Interest charges will be added to any balance remaining at the rate of 0.83% on the first day of each month

Receipts will be issued by request only.

Here is our Tax & Water Collection Policy

Pre-authorized bank payments: Our pre-authorized payment (PAP) plan offers the convenience of having no cheques to write, no worries about overdue payments, and no physical contact at your bank or municipal office. Enrolment in the plan is free and there are no service charges*.

The Municipality offers three pre-authorized payment (PAP) options:

  1. Monthly withdrawal – 1st of the month
  2. Monthly withdrawal – 15th of the month

These two options are a substitute for post-dated cheques or online bill payments. To assist with your own budgeting, this program can be used to make regularly scheduled monthly payments on your account. The amount you choose will be automatically transferred from your Canadian financial institution to your tax/water account with us on the 1st of every month (or closest business day after) or the 15th of every month (or the closest business day after). Please note that monthly interest will be charged on any outstanding balances during the year.

  1. On billing due dates (annually for tax bills; quarterly for water bills)

This allows residents to sign an agreement to withdraw the actual amount of their annual tax bill or their quarterly water bill on the due date indicated on the bill. The tax and/or water accounts must have a zero balance prior to selecting this option.

To enroll, download and complete the Pre-authorized Payment Enrollment Form  and submit it with a VOID cheque:

  • by email to countytax@countyvictoria.ns.ca
  • by mail to 495 Chebucto Street, P.O. Box 370, Baddeck, NS B0E 1B0
  • or in person at the Courthouse Municipal Office at 495 Chebucto Street, Baddeck

*Please note: Interest charges are added to any amount owing from the previous year(s) at the rate of 10% per year (0.83% per month).

 

 

Deed Transfer Tax: Effective September 1, 2021, the Deed transfer tax for properties purchased in Victoria County will increase from 1% to 1.5% of the purchase price.

Tax Certificate: A tax certificate is a statement of property taxes levied and outstanding, which is usually requested by a lawyer in relation to the closing of a real estate transaction.

The current fee for a tax certificate is $20.00.

To order a Victoria County Tax Certificate, please email one of our Tax Office staff: countytax@countyvictoria.ns.ca

Change of Address: If you have purchased a property or have changed your address, please contact the Tax Office to update us regarding this change.

Our responsibility is to forward the tax bill to the property owner as it appears on the assessment in the current year. It is the responsibility of a property’s purchaser and their solicitor to ensure that taxes for the year of purchase are paid. The Municipality will make every effort possible, within staff resources available, to change ownership information on properties as it becomes available from the Property Valuation Services Corporation (PVSC) but assumes no responsibility for interest that may accrue on tax arrears that remain unpaid as a result of a change of ownership.

If you have not received a tax bill, please contact the Tax Office 902-295-3231 or by email at countytax@countyvictoria.ns.ca.

Tax Sales Property tax accounts that are more than one year in arrears are subject to tax sale proceedings.

The Municipality has the authority to begin tax sale proceedings on tax accounts that are at least one year in arrears. With this authority, council has taken a more aggressive approach to collections and as a result, property owners who have not paid their 2020 tax bill(s) are now subject to tax sale.

Please note the tax sale process listed below can be stopped at any time prior to the start of the tax sale itself with full payment of arrears and, if incurred, any tax sale expenses.

The tax sale process has four main steps which include:

  1. The tax sale list is compiled and a 30-Day Preliminary First Notice of Tax Sale is mailed to each property owner. This notice will include the first potential date of publication in the local newspapers and our website as well as the deadline for response and payment.
  2. If full payment has not been received by the deadline in the first notice, the tax accounts are sent to the municipality’s solicitor for a title search of the property and this expense (minimum $1,000) is added to the total amount owing on the account.
  3. Once the title search is completed a 60-Day Final Notice of Tax Sale is sent to each property owner by registered mail (this expense is also added to the total amount owing). This notice will include the date, time and location of the tax sale, as well as the type of tax sale, either tax sale by tender or public auction.
  4. The list of tax accounts that are up for tax sale will be published at least 30 days prior to the tax sale date in the local newspapers, as well as on the municipality’s website. This published list will include, among other details, the names of each property owner, the location of the property, and the starting bid amount, which is the total taxes/interest owing on the account plus all incurred tax sale expenses.

 

The municipality holds a minimum of three tax sales per calendar year. Once a tax sale date is scheduled it will be posted here.

 

 

 

Property Programs

Seniors receiving the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) may also be eligible for the provincial property tax rebate. This rebate in through the Province of Nova Scotia however our Tax Department staff are very knowledgeable. Please contact them at 902-295-3231 or email countytax@countyvictoria.ns.ca with your questions. For more information about the provincial property tax rebate for seniors visit: https://beta.novascotia.ca/apply-property-tax-rebate-property-tax-rebate-seniors

For more information visit:
Seniors Provincial Property Tax Rebate

Contact information:
Phone :   902-424-5200
Toll Free:  1-800-670-4357
Fax:  902-428-2164 

Mailing Address :
PO Box  283 , CRO, Halifax, NS  B3J 2N7

The Municipality offers a Municipal Tax Exemption program to provide some relief to Victoria County property owners whose household taxable income is less than $25,000 a year.

Deadline to apply is December 31st each year.

An Investment in Your Home that Pays for Itself

Do you want to improve the energy efficiency of your home or install clean energy options, but don’t think you can afford the work? Now you can. If you live in one of seven participating towns & municipalities, you can get cleaner energy for your home – and pay for it at a pace you can afford.

You could be eligible for low-interest financing to help you cover the cost of your upgrades. You then pay the municipality back over a 10-year period, but we’ll do the analysis to see if you can save as much or even more in energy and heating expenses than the cost of the retrofits! We’ll even make sure you get all the Efficiency Nova Scotia and Canada Greener Homes rebates you are eligible for.

Click Here for more info on the program

Clean Energy Financing FAQ

Clean Energy Financing Registration

See the Municipal By-Law for PACE Here

This program helps residents to access low interest financing to complete a water supply or septic upgrade for their property.
The Program operates on a first come, first served basis until its’ budget for the fiscal year has been allocated. Should there be funding available for your proposed upgrade, you will be required to sign a Financing Agreement that outlines your roles and responsibilities as Qualifying Property Owner, as well as those of the Municipality.

To read more, here is the the Victoria County Water Supply/Septic Upgrade Bylaw

 Water Supply Lending Application Form

Assessment is the responsibility of Property Valuation Services Corporation Property Valuation Services Corporation.  If you have any questions regarding your assessment, please contact them during regular office hours (M-F/ 8:30am – 4:30pm).

Tel: 902-563-2150
Toll Free number 1-800-380-7775

Email:  inquiry@pvsc.ca

Taxation

Cathi MacKenzie

Assistant Tax Collector

Phone: 902-295-3653

Lauri MacAulay

Tax Office Assistant

Phone: 902-295-3231