2021 Property Tax Bill Guide

Property Tax Bill Information

  • The 2021 property tax statements have now been mailed out. They are due on October 31, 2021.
  • Penalties on outstanding arrears are calculated at 1.25% on the 1st of each month.
  • Tax statements are sent to the mailing address that the RM has on file. If you have not received your statement by the second week of September, please contact the RM office to request a copy.
  • Tax receipts are only issued if there is a balance remaining or if they are requested. Please contact the RM office to request a copy.
  • If you are on the PAP plan, you will still receive a tax statement. The balance will show payment to July 15 when printed, your account will continue to be credited as payments are received.

Property Tax Payment Options

We encourage the use of remote payment options such as:

1. Online: use ‘RM of St Clements (taxes)’ as a bill payee through your financial institutions bill payment option. Use your roll number (top right corner of bill) as your account number by: dropping any zeros at the start of the number, removing the decimal and adding zeros at the end to make it either 6 or 9 digits depending on your bank.

NOTE: online bill payments can take up to 5 business days to reach our office, please take this into consideration and pay with ample time before the due date

2. Mail: cheques can be made payable to the ‘RM of St. Clements’ and mailed to Box 2 Grp 35 RR 1, East Selkirk MB, R0E 0M0.

NOTE: include your roll number on the cheque and ensure that envelope is post marked before the due date. Post-dated cheques for Oct 31 are welcome.

3. Mail Slot at Office: cheques following the same format as above can be placed in an envelope and left in our secured mail slot located at the back (south) of our building. Mail slot is available for use after hours, including evenings and weekends. Park in the south parking lot, go up the stairs/ramp and you’ll find the slot located in the door.

4. Pre-Authorized Payment Program: sign up to make monthly payments by completing the enrollment form and submitting along with a void cheque. Please contact us for the form or find it here.

5. In Person at the RM Office: Our office is located at 1043 Kittson Road in East Selkirk. Here we accept cash, cheque and debit (check with your financial institution prior to ensure your point of purchase limit is high enough for the amount you are paying).

NOTE: We do not currently accept credit cards.

6. Drive-Thru Tax Tent: We will be bringing back our Drive-Thru tax tent for the second year in a row to help make paying your taxes easier and safer for our community! Simply drive through our parking lot and have your cheque ready to go – made payable to the “RM of St. Clements” along with your roll number. Receipts will be mailed to you at a later date if requested.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page and Website for more information on the dates and times that we will be offering this service!

Current COVID-19 Protocols

Currently our office is open to the public, Monday to Friday, from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. We understand that with the challenging and unpredictable COVID-19 pandemic, public health orders could come into effect at any time. Please watch our Facebook and COVID-19 web page for any updates.

Although we encourage use of remote payment options when possible, if you are attending our offices for payment of taxes at this time, please adhere to the following:

  • We first ask that if you are experiencing any COVID-19 related symptoms that you avoid the Municipal offices
  • Masks remain mandatory for those coming into our office as they provide an extra layer of safety for yourself, our office staff and our community
  • Once you are in our office you’ll notice stickers on the floor to practice physical distancing, a plexi guard now erected on our front counter and plenty of hand sanitizer for you to use
  • There is a sign in sheet at our front desk for those coming into the office. This is for in the event that there were to be a case, we can contact you

Property Tax Credit Programs

Education Property Tax Credit

Whether you own or rent your home, you could be eligible to save up to $525 (previously $700) with the Education Property Tax Credit (EPTC). This Provincial Education Tax Credit is provided to help cover the school taxes you pay, or a portion of your rent either directly on your municipal property tax bill or through your income tax return.

To qualify:

  1. The property must be your principal residence
  2. The property must be assessed as a single residential dwelling
  3. The homeowner cannot be receiving the credit on another home in the Province

If you do not see the ‘Manitoba Education Property Tax Credit Advance’ on your tax bill, not to worry, you can still receive it by doing the following:

  1. Claim the EPTC on your personal income tax return for the current year
  2. Contact the RM office to complete the EPTC form to have it applied to your next year’s tax bill

*NEW FOR 2021* Education Property Tax Rebate

The Province of Manitoba will be mailing a separate Education Property Tax Rebate cheque to property owners which will reduce a portion of education property taxes. No application is required and property owners will receive this cheque the month that their municipal property taxes are due (October for St. Clements).

  • Residential and farm properties will receive a 25% rebate of school division special levy payable in 2021 and an increase to 50% in 2022
  • Other properties (such as commercial) will receive a 10% rebate of the total of both the school division special levy and the education support levy payable

REMINDER: a separate cheque will be coming by mail in October for the Provincial Tax rebate. If no parties receive a cheque, please contact the Province at the number below.

More information on these rebates can be found on the MB Government website or by contacting them directly at 204-945-3744 or toll free at 1-866-626-4862.

Seniors School Tax Rebate

Manitoba seniors who live in their own home that are 65 years or older may be eligible for a rebate up to $353 (minus 1.5% on family net income). This rebate is claimed when filing your income tax return.

Seniors Education Property Tax Credit

Senior households with income under $40,000 may be eligible for an additional rebate up to $300 (minus 0.75% of family net income). Whether you are a homeowner or a tenant, you can claim this additional amount on your personal income tax return.

More information on these senior rebates can be found by contacting the Manitoba Tax Assistance Office directly at 204-948-2115 or toll free 1-800-782-0771, TAO@gov.mb.ca or on the MB Government website.

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, up to 60% of school tax to a maximum of $3,750. You can also download a form from their website or pick one up from your local MASC office/RM office in the fall. Those that have already applied will receive a form in the mail.

More information can be found on the MASC website or by contacting them by phone at 204-726-7068 or by email at fstr@masc.mb.ca.

Supplemental Tax Billing and Assessment

If your property value has changed due to construction (ex. a new garage being built), demolition, subdivision, etc. a supplemental bill is produced to adjust for the difference and may either increase or decrease the value of your property. In addition, under provincial legislation all properties in Manitoba are assessed every two years to ensure assessments keep pace with the changing market values. Supplemental billing information comes from our local Selkirk Assessment Office. If you have questions regarding your property assessment, please first contact them by phone at 204-785-5092.

Based on this updated assessment, the municipality is then required to produce a supplemental tax bill to collect for the difference in taxes payable. We’ve created a handy FAQ on Supplemental Tax Billing to help provide more information on the above.

How are your property taxes calculated?

Property taxes are calculated with the municipal mill rate set by council, the school mill rate set by the school division and the portioned assessed value for your land and buildings given by the Selkirk assessment office.

The mill rates for 2021 are as follows:

Provincial Education Support Levy 8.809
Lord Selkirk School District 14.645
Sunrise School District 13.527
River East Transcona School District 12.712
General Municipal Tax Levy 10.200
[Municipal Mill Rate + School Division Mill Rate x Portioned Assessment / 1000 + Local Improvements = Total Gross Taxes]

How your tax dollars work?

It is routine that taxes are paid each year but it is important to understand what they are going towards. With a combination of multi-year budgeting and stabilizing our reserve funds (allocated dollars specifically to major costs such as equipment, infrastructure and projects), along with limiting the use of line of credits and monitoring borrowing practices (keeping our municipal debt capacity high with low debt payments) we can continue to follow the principle of minimizing the impact of taxes on our ratepayers.

Did you know that only 46% of total municipal revenues are collected from taxes towards running the RM? 22% of revenues are from transfers and reserve Funds, and 32% is raised through grants and fees. To get a better idea of the exact break down of municipal taxes that you pay (not including school taxes which contribute to over half of your tax bill) the below image shows the proportionate share of municipal taxes to the budgeted services.

For example, $338.55 of your municipal taxes goes towards Transportation Services (think snow clearing, dust control, grading, hard surfaced roads) that is budgeted at $4,515,620.00.

Chart pictured above is in comparison to the provincial budget. On average, a household income of $70,000 would result in the municipal portion of property tax being estimated at $1,377 for an average household in St. Clements assessed at $300,000.

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