Property Taxes

Property Taxes: Why NS Needs to Doff Its CAP

Property Taxes: Why NS Needs to Doff Its CAP

May 10, 2017 at 12:20 pm

Nova Scotia’s Capped Assessment Program (CAP) is a hot mess. The motivation behind it is laudable: no one should lose their house because its assessed value has skyrocketed and they can no longer afford the taxes. If you own a modest home along the Mira River, for example, and Ritchie McRitchfaceRead More

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Property Taxes: A Reader Explains Area Rates

May 3, 2017 at 1:15 pm

Note: In the Spectator’s ongoing series on property taxes, we have yet to touch on the subject of area rates, which are usually levied to provide services (like regional transportation or fire hydrants) to residents within a specific geographic area. Luckily, a reader has done the job for us, writing to explain the latest developments inRead More

Property Taxes: The Province’s Share

Property Taxes: The Province’s Share

April 19, 2017 at 11:35 am

Having established that property taxes are the domain of municipalities in Nova Scotia, I now have to admit that they are also, in some instances, the domain of the province. I know, right? Just when you think you’ve got a nice, black and white distinction going, someone has to comeRead...

Property Taxes: Exemptions, PILs & Lord Durham

Property Taxes: Exemptions, PILs & Lord Durham

April 12, 2017 at 12:00 pm

This week, in our ongoing exploration of property taxes in Nova Scotia generally (and the CBRM in particular), we’re going to look at exempt properties, payments in lieu of taxes (or PILs) and  stuff I forgot to tell you last week, not necessarily in that order. We’re doing this becauseRead More

Property Taxes: A Primer

Property Taxes: A Primer

April 5, 2017 at 1:15 pm

We’ve got to talk about Nova Scotia’s Capped Assessment Program (CAP). No, wait! Don’t leave! I know taxes pack that special one-two punch of boring AND painful, but I will do my best to keep the discussion interesting and we really, really do need to talk about the CAP because it’s makingRead More