The binder is now available for viewing in the Finance Department at the Municipality of the District of Shelburne located at 136 Hammond Street Shelburne.
It is mandatory for the municipality to attempt to notify the owner as well as all lien holders of the property of the pending tax sale through issuing a registered letter; however, this is not always possible so the property is also posted with a Tax Sale Notice. If the taxes remain unpaid, the property is advertised in the local paper as well as our website twice prior to the tax sale. The Municipality's Tax Sale Policy states "Property shall be sold for tax sale if taxes are in arrears for the preceding two fiscal years". The full policy is available here.
It is advisable to consult with a lawyer before purchasing a property. The tax sale is a public auction with the successful bid being the highest bid at or above the advertised price. The advertised price is the total of all outstanding taxes, lienable charges, penalties, interest and tax sale costs.
If the property has more than six (6) years outstanding the successful bidder will receive a Tax Sale Deed and become the new owner of the property. If the property is less than six years in arrears a Certificate of Sale is issued to the successful bidder and the owner or lien holder will have six (6) months to redeem the property. Only at the end of the redemption period, if the property has not been redeemed, will title pass to the successful bidder.
For more information please contact Tax Clerk at 902-875-3544 ext 222.
Each year the Municipality recognizes local volunteers by requesting nominations for individuals and groups who volunteer. All nominees will be invited to attend a reception being held to honor volunteers from across eastern Shelburne County. The reception is being hosted by the Municipality of the District of Shelburne and will be held on Thursday, April 19, 2018.
Click here for more information and to access the Nomination Form.
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After careful consideration, Council of Municipality of the District of Shelburne has decided to return to one tax bill per year, beginning next year in 2018. You will still receive two tax bills in 2017.
For the past number of years, the Municipality has issued two tax bills per year, one in April and one in September. Upon reflection, this process has not been as efficient and cost effective as anticipated, and returning to one tax bill will save our taxpayers up to $15,000 annually, which we can re-invest back into your priority areas.
In order to best serve the residents of the Municipality, property taxes will transition from two tax bills per year to one, as follows:
Tax Bill Date Due Date
April 1, 2017 May 31, 2017
September 1, 2017 October 31, 2017
April 1, 2018 June 30, 2018
April 1, 2019 June 30, 2019
As noted above, beginning April 1, 2018, a tax bill will be sent out once per year with an extended due date, allowing up to three months for payment.
As always, payments can be made at our office by cheque, cash or debit. Residents can also make arrangements to drop off post-dated cheques, set up pre-payment options with participating online banking providers, or pay by credit card through an external third party credit card company. We cannot accept credit card payments at our office.
Please call our Finance Department at 902-875-3544 ext. 228, if you require more information.