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Finance

The Finance Department is responsible for coordinating all the financial activities of the Municipality. The major areas of responsibility of the department are property taxation, water utility billing, other source revenues, accounts payable, payroll, budgeting, accounting and financial management. The staff of the department comprises of a Finance Manager, Financial Accountant, Accounts Payable/Payroll Clerk, Property Tax Clerk, and Administrative Support Clerk/Reception. The Finance Department is located on the main floor of the County Courthouse, 1 Church Street, Truro. You can call the department at 897-3150, contact them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., fax at 843-4067, or drop by the office.

 

PROPERTY TAXATION

Property Tax Commonly Asked Questions

Please click HERE to view a list of commonly asked questions.

Property Tax Billing and Interest Rates

The Municipality's tax bills are issued in June of each year and are due on August 30th. All taxes not paid by the due date accrue interest at a rate of 15% per annum (1.25% monthly). The annual tax bill is for the period spanning April 1 through March 31. The Municipality sends out reminder notices in September, November, and February.

If you have not received your annual tax bill, please contact the tax office to verify your mailing address and status of your account(s). You can change your mailing address using our online form HERE, calling 902-897-3150 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tax Payment Methods

We offer a variety of options for making tax payments:

* In person at the Tax Office, main floor of 1 Church Street, Truro. Office hours are Monday- Friday, 8:30am and 4:30pm. We accept cash, cheque and debit. We do NOT accept credit card payments. We also have a secure drop box located at the back door.

* Mail your payment by sending a cheque or money order to: Municipality of Colchester, 1 Church Street, Truro, NS, B2N 3Z5. Please remember to enclose the remittance stub of your tax bill with your payment and indicate your assessment account number on your cheque or money order.

* Online and telephone banking are also alternative methods available for paying your tax bills through most financial institutions. Please click here to view the list  of payee information. When prompted, the account number is your assessment account number located at the top right-hand corner of your bill or reminder notice. Please allow 2-3 business days for bank processing.

* Tax payments can be made at most financial institutions and ATMs. You must enclose your remittance stub from your tax bill with these payment options. Please allow 2-3 business days for bank processing.

Tax and Area Rates

The 2019-2020 Residential/Resource tax rate in Colchester County is $0.885 per $100 of assessed value. The Commercial tax rate for 2019-2020 is $2.28 per $100 of assessed value. The majority of properties in Colchester also attract tax rates. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions in regard to the tax rate or area rate that apply to your property.

 

OTHER TAX INFORMATION

Low Income Municipal Tax Assistance Program

Each year, general exemption rates are set in accordance with Section 69 of the Municipal Government Act.

This exemption applies to taxpayers in the Municipality whose household taxable income does not exceed the limits set out by council. Applicants must reapply annually.

Please note: 2019 applications are now closed. 

Property Tax Sale

In accordance with the provisions of the Municipal Government Act, part 6, section 134, the County conducts a tax sale in the spring and fall month of each year. Tax sales are advertised 30 days prior to the tax sale date. Current tax sales can be viewed HERE.

Land Transfer Tax

The Municipality of Colchester has a Deed Transfer Tax of 1.0% of the value of the property transferred.

 

WATER UTILITIES

The Municipality owns and operates two water utilities serving the residents of Debert and Tatamagouche. The utilities are regulated by Nova Scotia Environment and must meet water quality standards as per the Canadian Drinking Water Guidelines. If you have any questions related to the water utilities, please contact the Public Works Office at 902-897-3175 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you have any questions regarding your water bill, please contact the Tax Office at 902-897-3150.

Water rates are approved by the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board and can be viewed HERE.

Water Payment Methods

We offer a variety of options for making Water payments:

* In person at the County Tax Office, main floor of 1 Church Street, Truro. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30am and 4:30pm. We accept cash, cheque and debit. We do NOT accept credit card payments. We also have a secure drop box located at the back door.

* Mail your payment by sending a cheque or money order to: Municipality of Colchester, 1 Church Street, Truro, NS, B2N 3Z5. Please remember to enclose the remittance stub of your water bill with your payment and indicate your account number on your cheque or money order.

* Financial institution and online banking are also alternative methods available for paying your water bills through most financial institutions. Please click here to view the list of payee information. Please allow 2-3 business days for bank processing.

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