March 21, 2005
FREDERICTON (CNB) - New Brunswick property owners now have a new tool to determine whether their property tax assessment is fair compared to other assessments in their neighbourhood.
Service New Brunswick (SNB) recently launched a new service entitled the Property Assessment Information - Online Access. It allows New Brunswickers to freely access a limited amount of property assessment information online through the SNB website at http://www.snb.ca.
"This service is another example of the government's efforts to make public information more accessible to New Brunswickers and to be open and transparent," said Intergovernmental and International Relations Minister Percy Mockler, Minister responsible for Service New Brunswick. "This is the perfect time of year to launch this service, as many property owners in the province are wondering about assessment values in their neighbourhood. Also, by using technology in this manner, we're advancing the government's eNB.ca agenda, a key element of New Brunswick's Innovation Agenda and Greater Opportunity: New Brunswick's Prosperity Plan."
This new service is accessible at http://www.snb.ca, under the Property Assessment Services link. It provides public assessment information while at the same time respecting the privacy of all citizens by protecting the names of property owners. The information available is limited to the following fields:
Any resident in the province can freely access the information by searching the database in three different ways: by street address (location), by property account number (PAN) or by parcel identifier (PID).
Service New Brunswick also reminds property owners who are unsatisfied with the assessment of their property that there is still time to appeal. Starting an appeal is as simple as filling out the "Notice of reference of assessment" portion of your Tax Notice, indicating the reason for the appeal, and mailing it to your local regional assessment office before March 31, 2005. The address of your regional assessment office is indicated on the notice of reference.
In addition of being responsible for real property assessments and three registries - the personal property registry, the corporate affairs registry and the real property registry - Service New Brunswick provides more than 200 government services through 36 service centres throughout the province, SNB TeleServices, toll-free at 1-888-762-8600, and SNB Online at www.snb.ca.
MEDIA CONTACT: Diane Gauthier, communications officer, Service New Brunswick, 506-453-6775.