COVID-19 Property Tax Financing Program
The Province of Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Federation of Municipalities partnered to announce a new financing program for those who have been impacted by COVID-19 valued at $380 million. In response, Council adopted the pdf COVID-19 Property Tax Financing Program Policy (212 KB) which will allow for a one-time property tax financing program for qualifying owners of residential and commercial properties that have been negatively affected by the global pandemic.
Residential property owners who have experienced a significant reduction in income or rental income due to the State of Emergency declared in response to COVID-19 who are able to provide supporting documentation (as laid out in Section 4 of the pdf Policy (212 KB) ) along with those who own property and are a registered Tourism Operator with Tourism Nova Scotia for the 2019 tourist season (excluding Airbnbs) may qualify.
Commercial property owners, with a total taxable 2020 property assessment equal to or less than $4,000,000, whose business or building located on the property experienced financial hardship through loss of revenue related to the State of Emergency may also qualify with supporting documentation. Further information on qualifications for commercial property owners can be found in Section 4.b. of the pdf Policy (212 KB) .
Exclusions, General Requirements, Tax Installment Information, Terms of the Program and General Provisions related to the Program can be found in Sections 5 through 9 of the pdf Policy (212 KB) .
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State of Emergency Extended
On 22 March 2020, the Province of Nova Scotia declared a state of emergency to help contain the spread of COVID-19. The province is renewing the state of emergency to protect the health and safety of Nova Scotians and ensure the safe re-opening of businesses and services. A copy of the order along with other alerts and notices can be found at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/alerts-notices/.
Our Municipal Offices have reopened at a reduced capacity as of June 15 but, at this time, our public meetings will continue to be held virtually and streamed on our Facebook Page. If you need to meet with staff please call ahead to arrange an appointment by calling 902-798-8391. Click here if you would like to contact staff directly.
Steps to ensure the health, safety and well-being of our residents and those throughout our Province will continue throughout this time. We appreciate your cooperation, patience and support.
Visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/ for up-to-date information.
Municipal Office Opening (at reduced capacity) Monday, June 15
We are at the stage of our reopening plan that beginning Monday, June 15th, anyone wishing to come into the office to pay a bill can do so.
Similar to many of the other businesses that have opened, we have taken steps to protect you and our employees in order to begin reopening. With that, we will be open in reduced capacity and will only be allowing one person into the office at a time. We encourage everyone to continue using the other payment options we have available such as on-line payments, drop box or telebanking.
If you need to meet with staff please call ahead to arrange an appointment by calling 902-798-8391. You can also find staff's contact information here and contact them directly.
We ask that if you are feeling unwell, have traveled outside the province within the past 14 days or are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 that you do not visit our office.
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