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Municipal Government Act (amended)

BILL NO. 180

(as passed)

1st Session, 59th General Assembly
Nova Scotia
54 Elizabeth II, 2005

Government Bill

Municipal Government Act


The Honourable Barry Barnet
Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations

First Reading: April 29, 2005 (LINK TO BILL AS INTRODUCED)

Second Reading: May 2, 2005

Third Reading: May 19, 2005

Royal Assent: May 19, 2005

An Act to Amend Chapter 18
of the Acts of 1998,
the Municipal Government Act

Be it enacted by the Governor and Assembly as follows:

1 Chapter 18 of the Acts of 1998, the Municipal Government Act, is amended by adding immediately after Section 536A the following Section:

536B (1) The council of the Halifax Regional Municipality may, by policy, to the extent and under the conditions set out in the policy, provide for the reduction of the taxes payable in respect of a residential property in the 2005-06 fiscal year if the percentage increase in the assessed value of the property averaged over the 2005-06 fiscal year and such number of immediately previous fiscal years as prescribed by the policy is greater than the percentage prescribed by the policy for the 2005-06 fiscal year.

(2) Without limiting the generality of subsection (1), the policy may provide that

(a) the reduction in taxes

(i) does not apply to a property, the taxable assessed value of which is less than its assessed value pursuant to Section 45A of the Assessment Act in the 2005-06 fiscal year, or

(ii) is reduced by the reduction in taxes resulting from the application of Section 45A of the Assessment Act;

(b) the reduction in taxes only applies if there has been no change in ownership of the property from the preceding fiscal year other than a transfer or devolution of the property to a spouse, child, grandchild, great-grandchild, parent, grandparent, brother or sister of an owner of the property;

(c) the reduction in taxes only applies if the property is owned by an individual or individuals ordinarily resident in the Province or by corporations that are family trusts or farmers' co-operatives whose head offices are in the Province and in which the majority of the issued and outstanding shares are owned or beneficially owned by individuals who are ordinarily resident in the Province;

(d) the reduction in taxes only applies if the property was assessed as residential for all of the fiscal years prescribed by the policy and used in the calculation of the tax reduction;

(e) the reduction in taxes does not apply to vacant land;

(f) the reduction in taxes does not apply in respect of any improvements to the property to the extent provided by the policy; and

(g) the reduction in taxes is limited to properties owned by individuals who meet the income thresholds provided by the policy.

2 This Act comes into force on such day as the Governor in Council orders and declares by proclamation.


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