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HRM Property Assessment Notices in the Mail

first_img More than 565,000 assessment notices are in the mail today, Jan.12 to Nova Scotia property owners. Provincially, the total valueof property assessments in Nova Scotia is up by five per cent to$52.7 billion. The total assessed value of residential propertiesis up by 6.1 per cent while commercial properties have increasedby 2.4 per cent. In the Halifax Regional Municipality, total residentialassessment values are up by 7.9 per cent to more than $16.8billion. Total commercial assessment increased by 3.1 per cent toalmost $6.6 billion. The 2004 property assessments are based onmarket value at Jan. 1, 2002. “A strong real estate market in HRM is the primary reason for theincrease. Market value is the most equitable and widely acceptedapproach to property assessment in North America. Every provincein Canada and more than 120 other countries around the world usemarket value as a standard for property assessment,” said LloydMacLellan, director of the Central Regional Assessment Office. “The market value is easily understood by most property owners.It is determined by the buyers and sellers of the real estatemarket. That makes it easy for property owners to test fairnessbecause they can compare their assessment to sales of similarproperties. It also means that the same appraisal standards andprinciples can be applied to all residential properties acrossNova Scotia,” said Mr. MacLellan. Each year the assessment services division reassesses allproperties within Nova Scotia to establish an estimate of fairmarket value. Factors used to determine assessments includeanalysis of sales and building permits, local market conditions,depreciation, renovations and new construction. The Values arethen tested for statistical validity using internationallyaccepted assessment standards. In response to feedback from Nova Scotia property owners, asssessment services has added a new service to its website. Residential property owners can now obtain detailed informationabout their property by entering a personal identification number(PIN) and their assessment account number (AAN) atwww.nsassessment.ca . The PIN and AAN are printed on individualassessment notices. “Not everyone has Internet access, so property owners can alsoget that information and answers to their assessment questions bycalling our toll-free number at 1-800-667-5727,” said Mr.MacLellan. Property owners who disagree with their assessment have theopportunity to appeal. “Property owners should ask themselves if their assessment is a reflection of market value,” said Mr.MacLellan. “If they don’t think it is, they may appeal.” All appeals must be filed no later than midnight, Feb. 2. Once anappeal is received, an assessor will review the propertyvaluation and then notify the property owner with the result ofthe review. SERVICE N.S./MUNICIPAL RELATIONS–HRM Property Assessment Noticesin the Maillast_img read more

Bright Star kicks off Brock winter film series

The winter season of the Brock University Film Series (BUFS) opens with an emotional tale about a famous poet and his muse.Bright Star, directed by Australian Jane Campion (The Piano, Portrait of a Lady), depicts a romance between John Keats – who died at age 25 – and Fanny Brawne. It will show at the Empire Theatre on Wednesday.The film is one of many BUFS has been able to access as a member of Film Circuit, which is a division of the Toronto International Film Festival, said Amanda Bishop, BUFS operations manager.“This is the time of the year when movie-going is most exciting,” she said.“Critics have made their ‘Best of 2009’ lists, we’re hearing buzz about the big awards ceremonies, and more and more festival films are available to groups like us.”This season will also feature the films A Serious Man, Good Hair and An Education.A Serious Man is the latest film from the Coen Brothers. It is about a man struggling with questions of fate and family, and a brother who refuses to move out of the house.Good Hair is a documentary by comedian Chris Rock, whose daughter asked him why she “didn’t have good hair.” The film explores the answer to that question, and its implications for society and black women.An Education, starring Peter Sarsgaard and Carey Mulligan, features a romance between a 16-year-old girl and an older man who sets out to teach her about life.BUFS screens Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. at the Empire Theatre, Pen Centre. All tickets are $10. Multi-film passes for the winter season are available until the end of January.Trailers on youtube:Bright StarA Serious ManGood HairAn Education read more