The Town of Trenton invoices property tax bills to all property owners twice each year. The tax year covers the fiscal period of April 1st to March 31st.
Interim Tax Bill
The first (or interim) tax bill will be sent out by mail in early spring. The interim tax bill is based on 50 per cent of the current year’s estimated taxes, which is the current year’s assessment of your property value sent out by PVSC in January.
Final Tax Bill
The second and final bill will be sent out by mail in the fall. The final tax bill is calculated using the current assessment with the current year’s rates, less the amount you already paid from the interim bill.
Current Tax Rates (2020/21) & Property Assessments
Tax calculations are based on the taxable assessed value of the property multiplied by the applicable tax rate.
Residential - $1.94*
Commercial - $4.10*
*for every $100 of assessed value
The taxable assessed value is determined by the Property Valuation Services Corporation. Property owners can obtain detailed information on their property by accessing their "My Property Report" at www.pvsc.ca. You will need to enter your Assessment Account Number (AAN) and PIN access number found on the upper right-hand corner of your assessment notice. For more information, you can contact PVSC at 1-800-380-7775.
There are several options for owners to pay their Property Taxes in Trenton:
- In-person at Town Hall (120 Main Street, Trenton) Town Hall public office hours: Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm
- Online Banking - Use your Municipal Account Number found on your tax bill for online banking. The 8 digit account number needed will be numbers only (12345678) unlike your customer code which has letters & numbers (NAMEA001) - do not use this code for online banking.
- Mailed Cheques - Cheques can be made out to "Town of Trenton" and mailed to: Town of Trenton, P.O. Box 328, Trenton, NS B0K 1X0
- At your local bank branch - Bring your tax bill to your local bank branch for payment.
- Direct Payment Plans - To set up a direct payment plan, please contact Town Hall at 902-752-5311.
The total amounts billed must be paid by the due date to avoid interest charges. Interest will accumulate at 1.25% per month to all outstanding taxes following the due date.
Online payments may take 2-3 business days (Monday to Friday) to be processed by your bank. For this reason, payments do not reach the Town on the same day the payment is made. For example, payments made late Saturday or on Sunday are not likely to be received by the Town until at least Tuesday. Banking institutions are closed on many holidays which will also affect their processing time. Please take this into consideration as interest may be charged if the payment has not reached the Town by the billing due date.
Cheques mailed to the Town are processed when they are recieved. This means the cheque date is not considered the actual payment date. Please take this into consideration when mailing payments by cheque. To ensure payments are recieved in a timely manner, consider post-dating your cheque and mailing it early enough to be recieved and processed by the Town prior to/on the billing due date.
Understanding Your Tax Bill
The information below will help property owners understand the information on the tax bill.
Low Income Tax Exemption
Applications for a Low Income Tax Exemption for the 2020-2021 fiscal year are now available.
This exemption is available to any person assessed to a taxable property in the Town of Trenton; currently lives in the home; and whose total income from all sources for the 2019 year was less than $25,000 (total income means total household income excluding war veteran’s allowance or pension paid pursuant to the Pension Act).
Applicants must provide proof of income & the application signature MUST be witnessed at Town Hall (120 Main Street).
The full policy can be found here: pdf FIN-20200616 - LOW INCOME TAX RELIEF POLICY (139 KB)
Applications can be picked up at Town Hall. If you wish to print the application at home, it is available by clicking on the policy link above and can be found on the 3rd page of the policy.
The maximum exemption that will be granted is $250.00.
All applications must be completed and returned no later than July 31, 2020.