The R.M. mails assessment notices to property owners in the spring of a year of revaluation. Revaluations are currently taking place every four years with the next one scheduled for the year 2017. If the assessment of property changes for any other reason (example: significant development) an assessment notice will be sent to the property owner in that year as well. The Saskatchewan Assessment Management Agency (SAMA) assesses all properties for the R.M. of Pense.
- Property assessment is not the same as property tax.
- All land and improvements (buildings) are assessable.
Property owners may appeal their assessment if they believe an error has been made in the valuation or classification of the property. Appeals are made to the R.M. of Pense’s Board of Revision. Call the office for more information (306) 345-2303. General information on the appeal process can be obtained from Ministry of Municipal Affairs, Advisory Services Unit (306) 787-2680; website: http://www.municipal.gov.sk.ca/.
The following mill rates are in effect for the year 2016:
- Municipal 5.16
- Potash Tax Sharing 7.198
- Prairie South School Division see below
- Prairie Valley School Division see below
- Stony Beach Street Lights 1.37
- Education (Public School Divisions):
- Agricultural 2.67 mills
- Residential 5.03 mills
- Commercial/Industrial 8.28 mills
- Resource 11.04 mills
- $200 minimum tax for residential improvements is applicable. The mill rates are multiplied by the taxable assessment values to determine the property taxes.
Tax notices are usually mailed out to property owners in July or August each year.
- Taxes are not due until December 31.
- The following discounts are given on the municipal portion of the current year's taxes:
- 5% if paid by September 30;
- 4% if paid by October 31;
- 2% if paid by November 30.