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 was sent out by mail in early April. 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. The 2023-24 interim billing is based on the 2022-2023 fiscal tax rates. The final billing (September) will reflect the updated 2023-2024 fiscal rates as set by Council in June 2023.
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 (2023/24) & Property Assessments
Tax calculations are based on the taxable assessed value of the property multiplied by the applicable tax rate.
Residential - $2.04*
Commercial - $4.10*
Fire Protection Rate - $0.145*
*for every $100 of assessed value
Solid Waste User Fee - Annual flat rate $146.00 per dwelling unit (Waste Management)
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 (ABCDE001) - 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 Plan - To set up a direct payment plan, please complete the pdf Pre-Authorized Payment Plan – Acknowledgement Form (945 KB) and submit to Town Hall with a void cheque or automatic withrawal form from your banking institution. For more information, 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 received. 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 received in a timely manner, consider post-dating your cheque and mailing it early enough to be received and processed by the Town prior to/on the billing due date.
Understanding Your Tax Bill
The information below will help residential property owners understand the information on their tax bills:
- pdf Understanding Your Interim Tax Bill 2023-24 (337 KB)
- pdf Understanding Your Final Tax Bill 2023-24 (359 KB)
Town Property Tax Exemption
The Application for Property Tax 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 2022 year was less than $27,850 (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:
Applications can be picked up at Town Hall during public office hours (Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm). If you wish to print the application at home, it is available by clicking on this application link:
The maximum exemption granted is $265.00
All applications must be completed and returned to Town Hall no later than August 31, 2023.
Nova Scotia Property Tax Rebate for Seniors
The 2023 application period for the Property Tax Rebate for Seniors, which helps low-income seniors with their municipal residential property taxes, is now open. The program offers eligible seniors a rebate of half of their property taxes, up to $800.
For full program details, please visit the Provincial site:
You require a Municipal Property Tax Sheet completed by the Town of Trenton prior to submitting your application. To have a form completed, please contact the Town Administration Office (120 Main Street) during public office hours: Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm.
All applications must be submitted no later than December 31, 2023.