The Municipality of the District of Chester property taxes may be paid online or through telephone banking at most financial institutions. When using either of these methods of payment, please note that the Municipality's electronic bill payment name may be different at each financial institution. Please check the table below to determine the appropriate name for your bank and then click on logo to go to the online banking site.
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|Financial Institution||Property Tax Electronic Bill Payment Name|
|Chester Mun of District of Taxes|
|Chester District Tax|
|Chester (Municipality of) Taxes|
|Chester (District) Taxes|
|Chester Municipality Taxes|
Payment can be made
We will accept
Our mailing address is (please do not mail cash)
151 King Street
P O Box 369
Chester NS B0J 1J0 *write your Municipal account number on the front of your cheque!
Our office is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is located at 151 King Street, Chester (bring your tax bill)
Our secure mail drop box is to the right of the main door.
Interest on Overdue Taxes
Payment by Mortgage Companies
Please send a copy of your property tax bill to your mortgage company if they are responsible to pay the taxes on your behalf. Please do not assume we have forwarded a copy of your bill to them.
Questions regarding Property Assessment must be directed to the Property Valuation Services Corporation at 1-800-380-7775. This tax bill must be paid even when an assessment appeal has been filed. Interest will accrue accordingly if payment is not received. Any overpayment as a result of an appeal decision will be refunded.
We charge $30 for Tax Certificates. Please call the Administration Department at 902-275-3554 and ask for the Revenue Administrator if you require a Tax Certificate.
There are no Tax Sales at this time.
What is a Tax Sale?
Tax accounts that are two years in arrears are eligible for tax sale.
The process for preparing for a tax sale is
Property Taxes are levied twice a year by an Interim and Final Notice. Interim Bills are usually sent in April with payment due in June and Final Bills are typically sent out in August with payment due in November.
Residential properties: Assessment value (on assessment notice and tax bill) ÷ 100 x residential tax rate = Residential Property Tax
Commercial properties: Assessment value (on assessment notice and tax bill) ÷ 100 x commercial tax rate = Commercial Property Tax
You may qualify for a property tax exemption of up to $500! Click here for details.
If you are unhappy with assessment value of your property, you can appeal to Property Valuation Services Corporation. To check out what process you should follow, please click here for a link to PVSC's website.
For questions about your assessment, contact Property Valuation Services Corporation at 1-800-380-7775
Municipal Property Tax Exemptions
Do you qualify for a property tax exemption? You may if ALL of the following applies to you:
The application is an affidavit and must be completed at the Municipal Office. Proof of income is required. Please bring your Notice of Assessment from Revenue Canada with you.
To view the form and Policy, please open the P-25 Tax Exemption Policy or call the Revenue Administrator at 902-275-3554.
Home Efficiency Rebate
The HomeWarming program is offered to qualifed homeowners in our area. If eligible, the Clean Foundation will conduct a free energy assessment of your home that will identify where energy is being lost. If they discover upgrades that will reduce your heating and power costs, they will install them free-of-charge!
Examples of available upgrades are heat pumps, insulation, draft/weather proofing, exhaust fans, air exchangers, windows and doors.
Complete an application if:
If you meet this critera, you can apply online at www.HomeWarmingApply.ca or pick up an application at the Municipal Office in Chester. Complete the application and attach the most recent tax Notice of Assessment for each resident in your home who is 18 years or older. You will also need to attach proof of home ownership, such as your property tax assessment notice, property tax bill or the bill of sale (civic number and your name must be on it). Send your application to the contact listed on the form. Within three weeks, a HomeWarming representative will contact you.
HomeWarming is an initiative of the Province of Nova Scotia and Nova Scotia Power, administered by the Clean Foundation and Efficiency Nova Scotia. For more information, visit the Municipal Office to pick up a brochure, go to www.homewarming.ca or call 1-877-434-2136.
How do I access this Service?
Customers should be ready with
To access the service either:
Frequently Asked Questions
How will my payment be confirmed?
The Municipality will receive instant notification of your payment and it will be posted to your account the next business day. For each payment you will receive a confirmation number. We will also send you an email confirmation for your records.
Why is there a service fee?
Paymentus charges a fee to use their service. The fee covers payment handling and processing charges.
Is the District of Chester getting any part of the fee?
The Municipality of the District of Chester does not receive any part of the service fee. Paymentus is an independent company providing a service for the Municipality of the District of Chester.
How much will I be paying in convenience fees?
$3 per $100 for bill amounts up to $500
$3 per bill if amount is less than $100
2.65% of the bill amount if the bill is between $500 and $2,000
For amounts greater than $2,000, bills must be paid in two steps, each with the applicable service fee
How do I get more information on credit card payments?
If you have questions, please call us 902-275-3554.
You may have received a letter from the Municipality about the recent changes to the Municipal Sewer By-Law. Council adopted a new method of charging for sewer services, and it will be applied universally to users of all six municipal sewer systems.
After hearing from property owners and businesses both in the Village and throughout the Municipality, Council adopted a method designed to be fair and more sustainable than in the past.
The universal sewer charge is based on "equivalent dwelling units" (EDUs). One EDU is equal to the estimated flow generated by one single-family residence. Properties that generate a higher flow (such as restaurants or homes for special care) are designated a higher number of EDUs. The value of one EDU is $529.63, which is calculated by dividing the total amount needed to maintain and operate all six central sewer systems by the number of users and their estimated usage.
Property tax bills reflect the number of EDUs for the property multiplied by the EDU rate of $529.63. To view the EDU chart for the Municipality, please look under Schedule A of the Municipal Sewer By-Law.
*The Fire Protection Area Rates listed in the table below for Districts 1, 5 & 6.
The Municipality of the District of Chester levies property taxes twice a year through an Interim and Final Notices. Interim bills are usually sent in April with a due date of June 15, and Final bills are usually sent in September with a due date of November 15.
How Taxes are Calculated
Taxes are calculated by multiplying the tax rate (set by Council) by the assessed value of the property (set by Property Valuation Services Corporation PVSC).
During budget preparations (when the tax rate is set for the year), Council takes several things into consideration.
If expenses are higher than revenue, either projects are cut or tax rates increase.
Area rates are applied in addition for specific services:
The Municipality does not determine the mandatory financial obligations to the Provincial or area rates levied by Village Commissions. Amounts/rates are submitted to us and we collect them on their behalf. Click here to see the Municipality's tax and area rates for this fiscal year.
PVSC assesses properties based on a number of factors including lot size, square footage, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, finished basements, fireplaces, etc.