Well it’s that time again for another Mayor ‘s Message. By now all property owners should have received their property assessment notice. I want to stress how important it is for you to review your assessment. The amount of property tax that you pay to the Town of Hanna is based on your assessment. So if your assessment increased from 2014, then your taxes will increase as well, although not by the amount of your assessment increase. Based on the 2014 tax rates, an increase of $5,000 for a residential assessment would create a tax increase for the year of approximately:
- $52.00 for Municipal taxes
- $12.50 for School taxes and
- $3.00 for Acadia Foundation taxes
Remember these estimates are made using the 2014 tax rates and budget figures.
Council is not planning to increase the municipal tax rate for 2015.During the budget process back in November, as a council we streamlined the budget to keep from
increasing taxes in 2015.
The Municipal Government Act clearly defines that, as a tax payer you can appeal your assessment if you think that it is not accurate. The deadline to appeal your assessment is May 4th, 2015. To give taxpayers the opportunity to discuss your assessment prior to submitting an appeal, the Town appointed assessors are hosting an open house at council chambers in the town office. It is happening April 8th, 2015 from 3:00 - 7:00p.m. After speaking with the assessors, if you still want to appeal your assessment, submit your fee with the reasons for your appeal to the Town office.
There are lots of great events happening in Hanna in the next couple of months, including the Figure Skating Carnival, Front Row Centre performance, Stage Hanna Comedy and Volunteer Appreciation. I want to highlight two in particular that are not annual events. The first is starting March 25th to March 28th at the Hanna Curling Rink. The Hanna Elks Lodge is hosting the Elks Canadian Curling Championships. Spectators are welcome to watch the action from the lounge or the lower viewing area. You can visit our website at hanna.ca for more information. The other event that is coming up is the Hanna Learning Center Gala on Thursday, April 2nd, which is the evening before Good Friday. The evening includes a Dinner, His & Her Raffle Tables, Silent & Live Auction and Dancing to the music of Five of Diamonds. There are limited tickets available, so if you are interested you should act fast. For more information you can visit www.hannalearning.com or www.HANNA.ca.
That's it for this message, I hope you enjoy reading it. If you have any topics you would like me to discuss, drop me a line.
Mayor of the Town of Hanna