Tax & Finance

Here you will find information and updates regarding taxes and taxation for the Municipality of the County of Antigonish. Our area rates are always available as are any forms or information you might need.

Join our Finance Team

Please Note: The office will be closed on May 26, 2017 starting at 1:30 do to a death in our Municipal Family.

Resumes / applications will be accepted for these positions til Monday May 29th, 2017- 4:30 pm.

The Finance Department currently has 2 employment opportunities.

We are looking for dynamic new talent to join our municipal team.

Are you a Financial Analyst or looking for a 1 year term placement in Reception and Administrative Support, if so check out our current opportunities.

Reception and Administrative Support Term Position 2017

Financial Analyst 2017

Any questions or queries regarding these positions should be directed to Allison Duggan, Director of Finance. 902 863 1117 or allison.duggan@antigonishcounty.ns.ca.

Municipal Awareness Vignettes

To increase awareness of municipal government, particularly the programs and services provided by the Municipality of the County of Antigonish, we have developed a series of five short videos that show what we do and why we love this place!

This five part series will teach you about how your municipal taxes are spent, show you the importance of our water, waste water and solid waste management operations, speak to our phenomenal recreation programming.  Our 5th and final video, linked below, speaks about why Antigonish County is such a great place.

You can view these videos on the Municipality’s Vimeo channel.

A HUGE thank you to our filmmaker Leah Johnston and videographer Jeff Babineau, as well as our project coordinator Tammy Feltmate.  Another big thank you to our staff for participating in this initiative and our aspiring investigative journalist Aiden.

For more information on anything you see here please contact the Municipal Office.  We hope you enjoy watching these videos as much as we enjoyed making them!

VIDEO – From Tax to Service….following the tax dollar in Antigonish County

Local government is changing.  The roles and responsibilities that fall to municipalities are increasing.  Yet many are still unclear about what this or any other municipality does.  Over the next week we will share 5 videos with you sharing a bit about municipal services and functions.

Check out our first video, on following the Loonie, where do our tax dollars go? Check back on Tuesday for a new video!

Taxes to Services, What is the connection? Tax dollars at work in our Community. from Tammy Feltmate on Vimeo.

If you have any comments or questions feel free to contact Tammy Felmate, Director of Sustainable Communities at tammy.feltmate@antigonishcounty.ns.ca

Approval of the 2016/17 Municipal Operating Budget

On May 24, 2016, Municipal Council approved its $13,770,000, 2016/17 Municipal Operating Budget. This is a balanced budget and includes contributions to reserves. Highlights include:

Rates:

  • The residential rate will remain at $0.88 per $100 of assessment. This is the ninth consecutive year that the residential rate has not increased.
  • The commercial rate will remain at $1.46 per $100 of assessment. The Municipality remains the lowest commercial tax jurisdiction in the Province of Nova Scotia.
  • The municipal sewer rate will remain at $311 / unit.

Operational Areas:

  • Over $380,000 in operating and capital grants to community-based organizations to foster community development in both the County and Town;
  • $70,000 for Eastern-Strait Regional Enterprise Network for the creation and implementation of a regional strategy for economic development;
  • $242,000 for library operations and the People’s Place Library;
  • $3,248,875 in mandatory contributions to the Strait Regional School Board;
  • $3,030,000 for Protective Services, including RCMP, Fire Departments, Correctional Services and Emergency Management; and,
  • Approximately $100,000 for initiatives that support administrative innovation, economic development, customer service and the development of the Municipality’s first corporate plan.

In addition to the operating budget, a number of capital investments were approved:

  • Completion of a water-metering program for all municipal water customers,
  • Installation of a 25kWt Solar PV system at the Municipal Office,
  • Exploration of a large-scale wind energy project in partnership with other municipalities near the South Canoe Wind Farm,
  • Curb & gutter at Appleseed Drive and Harbour View Drive,
  • Repairs and maintenance at the County Court House,
  • Installation of back-up power systems for both the Gaspereau Lake and Lower South River water systems, and
  • Environmental assessment of outflows at the Town Sewer Treatment Plant.

Tax-bills will be in the mail in the coming days and are due on June 30, 2016. The development and approval of this year’s budget is the result of significant work on the part of both staff and Council.

Property Assessment Notice

Residents should receive their assessment notice from Property Valuation Services Corporation (PVSC) in mid-January.  When you receive your assessment notice it is your responsibility to:

  • Review the information to ensure you understand your current property assessment.
  • If you do not feel that your assessment is a reasonable estimate of market value two years prior to the date of your notice, you can appeal your assessment. A detachable appeal form is on the front of your notice.
  • Please contact PVSC (1-800-380-7775) if you have any questions about your assessment or if you’re considering filing an appeal.

PLEASE NOTE – If you have any questions or concerns about your assessment you must call PVSC.  The Municipal Office CANNOT assist with your notice of assessment.

For more information on PVSC or your notice of assessment, please visit its website by clicking here.

Provincial-Municipal Fiscal Review

The Provincial/Municipal Fiscal Review (Fiscal Review) is a joint project between the Province of Nova Scotia and municipalities. It is primarily concerned with the state of municipalities, the relationship between the Province and its municipal partners, and the allocation of resources.

The mandate of the Fiscal Review Committee was to determine how provincial support to municipalities could best be allocated. The Committee found that demographic and economic trends present major challenges for municipalities. In an effort to confront these challenges, the Committee made forty-one recommendations to better allocate resources and increase collaboration. These recommendations were organized along five themes:

  • Opportunities to Improve Government Structures
  • Opportunities to Improve Roads Equity
  • Opportunities to Reallocate Scarce Resources
  • Opportunities to Improve Revenue Systems
  • Opportunities to Improve Collaboration

In response to a consolation period that ended on December 15, 2014, the Municipality of the County of Antigonish provided the following: AntigonishCounty_Fiscal Review Input_Dec2014.

For a copy of the complete report click here. For the executive summary click here.