BILL NO. 208
2nd Session, 60th General Assembly
57 Elizabeth II, 2008
Conservation Property Tax Exemption ActCHAPTER 36 OF THE ACTS OF 2008
The Honourable Jamie Muir
Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations
First Reading: November 5, 2008 (LINK TO BILL AS INTRODUCED)
Second Reading: November 7, 2008
Third Reading: November 18, 2008
Royal Assent: November 25, 2008
Be it enacted by the Governor and Assembly as follows:
2 Section 2 of Chapter 23 of the Revised Statutes, 1989, the Assessment Act, as amended by Chapter 19 of the Acts of 1990, Chapter 18 of the Acts of 1998, Chapter 9 of the Acts of 2000, Chapter 15 of the Acts of 2002, Chapter 9 of the Acts of 2005, Chapter 19 of the Acts of 2006 and Chapter 9 of the Acts of 2007, is further amended by
excluding any buildings or structures on the land and any of the land used in connection with those buildings or structures, and excluding any lands used or permitted to be used primarily for purposes other than the protection of native biodiversity and natural processes.
45B (1) Subject to subsections (2), (3), and (5), conservation property shall be exempt from taxation under this Act or any other public or private Act of the Legislature authorizing a tax on the assessed value of property.
(2) For the 2009-10 municipal taxation year, only those lands that are determined by the Minister of Environment to have been conservation properties on September 30, 2008, shall be exempt from taxation.
(3) Subject to subsection (5), for the municipal taxation years subsequent to 2009-10, only those lands that are determined by the Minister of Environment to have been conservation properties on September 30th in the preceding municipal taxation year shall be exempt from taxation.
(4) Conservation property to which this Section applies shall be assessed as resource property and for the purpose of Section 41 shall be valued and entered on the roll as such, but the number of acres to which this Section applies shall be set out on the roll.
(5) Not withstanding anything in this Act, for the purpose of determining whether a property is conservation property, the Minister of Environment may prescribe procedures by which such a determination is to be made and may delegate authority to make such a determination to a person or a department or agency of government on such terms and subject to such restrictions as the Minister of Environment considers advisable.
MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT ACT
4 Section 3 of Chapter 18 of the Acts of 1998, the Municipal Government Act, as amended by Chapter 9 of the Acts of 2000, Chapter 6 of the Acts of 2001, Chapter 35 of the Acts of 2001, Chapter 9 of the Acts of 2003 and Chapter 40 of the Acts of 2006, is further amended by adding immediately after clause (n) the following clause:
(2) Notwithstanding anything in this Act or any other Act of the Legislature authorizing a tax on the assessed value of property, no change in use tax is payable by reason of a property becoming conservation property.
(3) Where any land, or part thereof, to which this Section applies, ceases to be conservation property, a change in use tax, determined by the assessor pursuant to the Assessment Act, equal to twenty per cent of the value of the land, or part thereof, that ceased to be conservation property is due and payable to the municipality in which the land is situate by the person determined by the assessor to have been responsible for the change in use.
(4) Notwithstanding subsection (3), no change in use tax is payable by reason of the ownership of conservation property being transferred to Her Majesty in right of the Province or Canada or to a municipality.
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