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Taxes are calculated from January - December, with the due date of October 31st each year.
Discounts and Penalties
Current year tax payments that are made in July are eligible for a 2% discount and payments made in August are eligible for a 1% discount.
Any outstanding taxes are subject to penalties of 1.25% per month after October 31st.
Methods of Payment
In Person: Payments of cash, cheques, credit and debit cards can be made at the Belmont municipal office (see office hours under the Administration & Staff page). Payments of cash and cheques can be made at the Dunrea municipal office.
Notice: To offset the cost of payment fees when credit card payments are made through the debit/credit card machine, Council has decided that a charge of 1.5% will be applied to all credit card payments as of February 15th, 2019.
Example: If the ratepayer is making a payment of $100.00, the additional fee would be $1.50.
By Mail: Cheques or money orders made payable to the R.M. of Prairie Lakes along with the bottom portion of your Tax Notice can be mailed to Box 100, Belmont, MB R0K 0C0
Post-dated Cheques: Post-dated cheques dated for the due date or earlier are accepted.
On-line Banking: Most financial institutions now have the R.M. of Prairie Lakes available for on-line payments. Please contact your financial institution to see if this option is available to you. Please use your Roll Number as your account number, which can be found on your Tax Notice.
E-Transfer: Send E-Transfers to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your Roll number(s) or Utility account number(s) in the Memo field.
It is the responsibility of the property owner to ensure their tax payment is received at the municipal office by October 31st of each year.
Manitoba Education Property Tax Credit
If you are a resident of Manitoba and pay more than $250 in taxes per year on the property you reside on, you may be entitled to the Manitoba Education Property Tax Credit (EPTC) of up to $525. For more information please visit http://www.gov.mb.ca/finance/tao/eptc.html.
Seniors' School Tax Rebate
If you are over 65 years old and own your home, you may be entitled to the Seniors' School Tax Rebate. Please visit http://www.gov.mb.ca/finance/tao/sstrebate.html for more information.
Farmland School Tax Rebate
If you own farmland in Manitoba, you may be eligible for a rebate on the farmland portion of your school taxes. Please call the Manitoba Agriculture Office in Killarney at 1-833-206-0466 for more information.
Properties with two (2) or more years of outstanding taxes will be eligible for Tax Sale proceedings.
It is important that our office be notified as soon as possible if your mailing address changes to ensure that all documents are sent to the correct address. Failure to receive a Tax Statement does not excuse the property owner from not paying the tax account by the due date or excuse them from applicable penalties.
Appealing Your Assessment
In Manitoba, property is assessed at market value in accordance with The Municipal Assessment Act. Market value is the most probable selling price of the property had it been sold by a willing buyer to a willing seller. Regular reassessments ensure that property assessments keep pace with real estate market conditions, and taxes are distributed fairly to property owners.
Property owners who disagree with the Assessment on their property should contact the Assessment Branch at 204-483-5080 to discuss their concerns with an assessor. If the property owner and the assessor are unable to agree on the value of the assessment the property owner has the right to appeal the assessment to the Board of Revision. The Board of Revision is composed of the council of the R.M. of Prairie Lakes. The Board sits annually, usually in November of each year to hear appeals. Applications for appeals can be filed at anytime but must be filed with the municipal office by October 24, 2022.