Taxes & Assessments
Deadline Extended: For an update on the 2021 Tax Notice, please click here.
What is Property Assessment?
Property assessment is the process of establishing a property dollar value for property tax purposes. Property tax is an “ad valorem” tax, based on the principle that the amount of tax paid should depend on the value of the property owned. Although income and sales taxes are the main sources of revenue for the provincial and federal governments, property tax remains the major source of local government revenue. Generated from within the community, property tax helps to finance such services as garbage collection, water and sewer, parks and leisure, and fire protection. All properties in Mount Pearl, both residential and commercial, are assessed by the Municipal Assessment Agency and are based on market values. Assessments are completed every three years.
What is the relationship between Assessed Value and Municipal Taxes?
The Municipal Assessment Agency determines the fair market value of the properties in a municipality. After all real property has been assessed, Council uses this information to set the mil rate. The mil rate is then used to establish individual tax bills. The local Council sets the rate, calculates and sends out the tax bills, and collects the taxes.
When are taxes due and does interest apply?
All taxes are due upon receipt of invoice. Each year, all balances not paid in full by the stated due date are subject to a 10% interest charge per annum. Interest is also applied to accounts with a payment schedule, pre-authorized payments or post-dated cheques in place.
The City has a Low Income Interest Exemption and Tax Deferral policy. To apply, please fill out the request for tax exemption/tax deferral form found here.
Where can I pay my taxes?
THROUGH YOUR BANK
Payments can be made in person, online or via phone through your bank. Use the roll number found on your bill as the account number. Please contact your bank for details.
SET UP PREAUTHORIZED BANK DEBIT
Forms may be obtained on the City’s website by visiting mountpearl.ca/taxes or by visiting City Hall. If preauthorized payments have already been set up, they will be adjusted for any changes in taxes. Please note all payments will now be deducted on the last day of the month. If the last day of the month falls on a weekend, the payment will be taken on the following business day.
THROUGH YOUR MORTGAGE
If your taxes are paid by your mortgage company, the tax bill is simply for your records. If your mortgage company is not noted in the appropriate box on your tax bill, please contact us at 748-1000.
PAY AT CITY HALL (CHEQUE, DEBIT CARD)
City Hall is open to the public from 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday. Please indicate the roll number on your cheque. Credit cards are not accepted.
PAY BY MAIL (CHEQUE PAYABLE TO)
City of Mount Pearl
3 Centennial Street
Mount Pearl, NL A1N 1G4
Any senior citizen in receipt of the Guaranteed Income Supplement may be eligible for a 20% discount upon completing the Seniors Discount Form.
All applications for the discount must be accompanied by a confirmation letter from Services Canada that the applicant is in receipt of the Guaranteed Income Supplement. Letters can be requested by calling Service Canada toll free at 1-800-277-9914.
For information on mil rates, please view the schedule of rates and fees, located on the City’s budget webpage.
For information on taxation, contact the City by phone at 748-1039 or 748-1078, or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information on assessments, visit Municipal Assessment Agency.