Local Government - Property Taxes & Budget
There are 2 principle factors that determine the amount of property tax.
 
1. Assessment - Market Value of your property based on 2 years prior.  The assessment is determined by the Provincial Assessment Office.
 
2.  Mill Rate - Determined by the Rural Municipality when the current year's budget is developed.
 
 
Questions about your assessment?
 
 
Municipal Budget
Each year Council for the Municipality develops a budget which outlines the financial plan for the current year. This budget is derived from costs of running the municipality and is divided into the municipalities assessment which generates a mill rate. The mill rate is then applied against the assessment for each individual property which determines the level of tax to be levied on each property.
 
 
 
Special Service Levy
The special service levy is collected for the provision of fire & emergency services that the municipality purchases from both the City of Winkler & the City of Morden. Historically this amount was collected under the general mill rate, however this was changed in 2009 to a special service levy which allows the municipality to charge otherwise exempt properties for fire & emergency services such as churches, schools & hospitals. This serves to spread the cost more evenly across taxpayers benefiting from the services provided.
  
School Taxes
Each individual School Division determines their own mill rate that they will charge property owners. The Municipality is responsible for collecting this money and then remitting it to the School Division in accordance with provincial legislation. For questions regarding school taxes contact your local school division office.
 
 
 
Farmland School Tax Rebate
The Province has provided a program which rebates to the property owner a certain percentage of school tax that is paid on farmland. Rebate forms are mailed out to property owners, or can be picked up at the municipal office.
 
Process:
  • Property taxes must be paid in full
  • Municipal office signs the rebate form indicating payment has been received OR copy of the receipt for tax payment is submitted with the rebate form.
  • Completed form & receipt is submitted to MASC or the MB Agriculture Office.
  • If approved, the rebate will be mailed out to property owner. 
 
Homeowners Tax Assistance Credit
The Province has provided a program which rebates to home owners a certain amount of tax paid. This tax credit is allowed for the principle residence of the homeowner only, and is only applicable for properties which are owner/occupied and have been occupied prior to January 1st of that year.
 
This tax credit will appear on your tax statement as a credit. If you did not receive this credit on your tax statement, contact the municipal office to fill out an application form.
 
 
**Click here for an explanation on how to read your tax statement.