Property Assessment Notices are in the Mail

A Market in Transition: Property Assessment Notices are in the Mail

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, January 13, 2017 – Property Valuation Services Corporation (PVSC), the
assessment authority for Nova Scotia, sent property owners their annual property assessment notice

This past year, the PVSC aligned the assessment cycle to support a one-year base date, which means
property assessments reflect the market value as of January 1, 2016, one year in the past, instead of
two. A one-year base date is an industry best practice.
“Overall, the residential market is relatively flat, with most assessments increasing or decreasing within
a two percent spread,” said Carlos Resendes, VP, Business & Innovation Services. “Residential properties
eligible for the legislated Capped Assessment Program (CAP) will increase 1.4%, the Consumer Price
Index (CPI) for Nova Scotia.”

Municipalities calculate property taxes based on a property’s Taxable Assessed Value, which reflects
either a property’s Assessed Value or Capped Assessment, whichever is the lowest.
“Our analysis indicates that the real estate market is in a transition phase, especially in the Halifax
region,” said Resendes. “A few years of stable growth in the residential market – particularly in the
condo and apartment sectors – appears to have influenced growth in the commercial sector.”

Typically, as commercial properties are constructed or renovated, tenants start moving through the
market leaving older stock properties for newer ones. Properties under construction receive a partial
assessment value reflective of the current state of the property, as of December 1, 2016. All
assessments in Nova Scotia are based on a property’s current use.

Property owners can view details about their property assessment by visiting PVSC
representatives and assessors are available to answer questions or discuss an assessment at 1-800-380-
7775 from 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Property owners who wish to appeal their
assessment have until midnight, February 13, 2017 to file an appeal.

In 2016, the PVSC was one of six Canadian organizations awarded by Excellence Canada with a Canada
Award for Excellence for outstanding achievement in their Excellence, Innovation and Wellness standard.
The PVSC was also the first assessment jurisdiction in North America to be certified by the International
Property Tax Institute for adherence to assessment best practices and standards.

Interviews available upon request.

Media Contact:
Rebecca Vorstermans, Stakeholder Relations Advisor
Phone: 902-802-8571
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Media Kit:
2017 Assessment Overview Infographic
2017 Assessment Roll Totals
Historical Provincial Assessment Summaries
PVSC Fact Sheet

  pdf See Attached PDF for Full Details (2.16 MB)

Public Participation Budget Workshop




In preparation of the 2017-2018 Municipal Budget, Council invites citizens to discuss our upcoming budget in an informal workshop setting. Council wants to hear from any and all residents who have ideas as to how we set a positive path for the future. Please join us at 7pm on Tuesday January 24, 2017 to have your opportunity to learn more about our budget and provide direct feedback to Council.

The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers, in the Administrative Centre, located at 2447 Highway 3, Barrington, NS. The meeting will commence at 7:00 p.m.

Everyone Welcome.

Rob Frost, CAO

(902) 637-2015

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Tenders are invited for the sale of  Municipal properties - Please see attached PDF for detailed information regarding the Sale.

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Audit Committee Vacancies




The Municipality of Barrington is accepting Expressions of Interest from individuals from the Municipality wishing to serve on the Audit Committee. There are two (2) citizen vacancies on the Committee.

The Committee carries out a detailed review of the financial statements with the auditor, receives information regarding the evaluation of internal control systems, etc.

One appointment will be for a 1 year term and the other will be for a 2 year term. Meetings are scheduled as necessary.

Citizen members are required to show a strong demonstration of financial awareness.

Additional information may be obtained by contacting the Municipal Office.

Expressions of Interest must be received by the undersigned not later than January 20, 2017, at 2:00 p.m.


Rob Frost

Barrington, N.S. Chief Administrative Officer

P.O. Box 100

Barrington, N.S.


PH: 902-637-2015

December 30, 2016

Barrington Municipal Fall 2016 Newsletter

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