Preliminary assessments for 2018 are now available online for property owners across the province.
Property Valuation Services Corporation (PVSC), the independent, not-for-profit organization responsible for property assessment in Nova Scotia, has them on its website – www.pvsc.ca
During the recent monthly meeting of Municipality of the County of Antigonish council (Oct. 17), clerk-treasurer Glenn Horne said he “strongly encouraged” residents to check out their numbers.
“In the past, there has always been a paper copy that you would get, in early January, and you have about a month to look at that and appeal your assessment, if you are not happy,” Warden Owen McCarron said after the meeting.
He noted the electronic version provides property owners with an earlier opportunity “to see if you are happy with your assessment or if you notice any changes.”
“And, if you do notice changes, it provides an opportunity to contact them [PVSC] and let them know what your concern is and start the appeal process,” McCarron said.
Like Horne, he encouraged residents to access that information as soon as possible.
“Once the appeal period goes by, that information is sent to the assessment role, which we put out on our taxes,” McCarron said.
“Again, we would encourage people to have a look, if you have access online, and get hold of PVSC to have a discussion on your concerns.”
Property owners will receive a hard copy of their assessment in the mail, as usual, starting in January.
Along with its website, PVSC can be contacted at 1-800-380-7775.
As for an announcement of the planned closure of PVSC’s office in Port Hawkesbury, McCarron said municipal officials are concerned.
“Actually, we are shocked and disappointed by the news,” the warden said, noting such a move would mean the closest offices to the county would be located in Truro and Sydney.
“That’s quite a gap between those two for residents of northeastern Nova Scotia.
“We are concerned and hope they will, maybe, reconsider,” he added.
McCarron noted their information indicates the Port Hawkesbury office will be staffed until, at least, the end of February.
“We would like to see a presence there, on a more permanent basis, but we are not sure where that will go,” he said.
The Strait Area Mayors and Wardens Committee, as a “sign of unified support,” according to McCarron, have sent a letter of concern.
“To see if consideration will be given to maintain that office space,” he said.
“It appears that they want to reduce that office footprint and go to more home-based service, where assessors work from home and deal with issues, but we still feel it is a void for our area,” McCarron added.