Provincial Legislation requires that the municipality bill and collect taxes on behalf of the Province and local School Division for education purposes, as well as municipal taxes in order to provide essential services to the R.M.
Taxes are calculated from January - December, with the due date being October 31st of each year (Statements are mailed at the end of June).
The R.M. of Minto does not offer any discounts for pre-payment of taxes.
Penalties on amounts left outstanding after October 31st are calculated at 1.25% per month.
If you are a Manitoba resident who pays more than $250 in taxes in a year on the property you reside on, you are entitled to a Manitoba Education Property Tax Credit (EPTC).
The credit for 2011 is $700.
There are three ways to claim the EPTC if you are entitled to receive it.
It is important that our office be notified as soon as possible whenever there is a change of address to ensure that the tax statements are properly forwarded to the property owner. Failure to receive a tax statement does not excuse an owner from not paying the tax account by the due date or associated penalties.
Taxes are all based on assessment, in Manitoba, property is assessed at market value in accordance with The Municipal Assessment Act. Market value is the most probable selling price of the property had it been sold by a willing buyer to a willing seller. Regular reassessments ensure that property assessments keep pace with real estate market conditions, and taxes are distributed fairly to property owners. A province-wide reassessment took place in 2006, and all property values were updated to reflect market values as of a given point in time. The 2006 reassessment reflects 2003 market values. If you do not agree with your property assessment, please contact the Assessment Office in Minnedosa at 867-4760.
Property owners who disagree with the assessment of their property should contact the Assessment Branch to discuss their concerns with an assessor. If the property owner and the assessor are unable to agree on the value of the assessment the property owner has the right to appeal the assessment to the Board of Revision. The Board of Revision is composed Minto Council. The Board sits annually, usually in October, to hear appeals. Applications for appeals can be filed at anytime but must be filed with the RM of Minto at least 15 days prior to the sitting of the Board. Contact the municipal office for this year's date.
Assessment figures are public information and available for viewing at the municipal office or you can also search property assessments online, on the Province of Manitoba website. Although assessment fiqures are available, tax amounts are not public information and only given out to the landowner, unless a tax certificate is requested which has a fee of $10.00/property.