Taxes, Water, & Sewer

Taxes

Taxes are levied prior to July 1st for the calendar year, and are considered in arrears ( past due ) as of December 31st . Currently Council has an early payment initiative of 5% for Municipal taxes paid prior to August 31st.

Municipal Taxes are charged on 80% of your residential property assessed value.  The Village of Vibank has a base tax of $1550.00 and the 2021  Mill Rate is 3.50
The Provincial Government has a residential School Board Mill Rate of 4.46

Contact the Office at 306-762-2130 for more information on Commercial Mill Rates. For Assessment information refer to 2021’s assessment information at : 2021 Assessment information letter Village of Vibank

Assessment Roll is OPEN – https://vibank.ca/2021/03/23/assessment-roll-is-open/

A note about Tax Arrears

If your property taxes are not paid in full by the end of the year, they are considered to be in arrears. Municipalities must add a financial penalty to your tax arrears. Penalties added to arrears are considered part of the tax arrears. The penalty can range from 9 per cent to 25 per cent per year. Vibank applies a 15% penalty on January 1st . You will be not be notified, however  this penalty amount will be indicated on your upcoming years’ Tax Notice. As a first step in bringing your account up-to-date, taxpayers are encouraged to seek alternate lower cost/longer-term financing through external options such as financial institutions.
Tax Enforcement Process: Council determines when Administration is to begin Tax Enforcement proceedings set out in The Tax Enforcement Act.  Village of Vibank contracts an outside party to carry out tax enforcement activities.  Vibank recovers the cost of tax enforcement activities by adding these costs to your tax arrears. The process starts with the publication of the Tax Enforcement List in The Forum Newspaper. The list will identify your property and the amount of taxes owed.  A copy of this list will be posted in the municipal office.  A portion of the cost of advertising the list will be added to your tax arrears. The Village of Vibank does not give advance notification of its intent to publish and is not obligated to provide this service.
Tax Lien: Your municipality will register an interest, commonly called a tax lien, against your property if you do not pay your tax arrears and your share of the cost of advertising by the deadline in the Tax Enforcement List.  The deadline is at least 60 days after the Tax Enforcement List is published in the newspaper.  This interest registration is known as a tax lien.  ISC will send a notice that the tax lien is registered against your property.  The cost of registering the tax lien will be paid by your municipality.  This cost is added to your tax arrears. A tax registration lien means that the property can be offered for sale by the Village after waiting the mandatory waiting period.  The minimum asking price (cancellation price) will be all outstanding taxes including penalties and interest, administrative fees, and any additional amounts which may be added to the tax account.  There is no requirement for the Village to obtain fair market value for the property.Taken from: Citizens Guide to Municipal Tax Enforcement. This guide outlines the process municipalities follow to collect property taxes that are in arrears.  For further information, contact a municipal advisor:  Ministry of Government Relations Advisory Services and Municipal Relations 1010 – 1855 Victoria Avenue REGINA SK S4P 3T2 Phone: (306) 787-2680

WATER AND SEWER

The Village of Vibank is proud to announce that our $2.1 million construction of a new Reverse Osmosis water system is  complete.  The project involves funding from all three levels of government: federal, provincial and municipal.
In October of 2018, the Village completed a new lift station on Blenkhorn Street, that will look after the Village needs for the foreseeable future. This was a $500,000.00 upgrade made possible by all three levels of government: federal, provincial, and municipal.
The Village of Vibank’s Water Compliance report, which is required by the Province of Saskatchewan to be published each year, has been posted.  Please click on the link below to view a .pdf document of the complete report.
2020 Drinking Water Compliance Report 2020 Notice to Consumers
2019 Drinking Water Compliance Report 2019 Drinking water compliance report
2018 Drinking Water Compliance Report 2018 Annual Notice to Consumers – Water
Rates and Fees:
Bylaw 2019-04 A Bylaw to set the rates for water and sewer has come in effect as of July 1, 2019 – Bylaw 2019-04 – Water and Sewer Rate Bylaw
Policy:
Water Policy – 2020 Waterworks Policy
Water Policy – 2019 Waterworks Policy
Sometimes the Province’s Environment Protection Officer (EPO ) has to issue a PRECAUTIONARY DRINKING WATER ADVISORY (PDWA) when a water line breaks or water pressure has to lowered or in the event that water has to shut off to part of or the whole Village.
These advisory’s are issued by the Province – Water Security Agency  ( not the Village ) and our Public Works Department are in constant contact with the EPO who makes this decision.  Your safety is paramount to the Public Works Department, the Council, and Administration.
The Village will notify the residents as soon as possible when the water pressure is adjusted, IF the EPO issues a PDWA, or when it is lifted by our phone message system, email, face book, and our web site.
For more information on  Water Security Agency: go to www.wsask.ca 
The Village’s EPO is :Don Turner – Title Senior Environmental Project Officer – Organization Environmental Services – South Water Security Agency
Telephone Number 306-539-4188  FAX 306-787-0780 Email Mailing Address 300 2365 Albert Street, Regina, SK, Canada, S4P 4K1
What to do when a PDWA is issued: PDWAs-EBWOsFactsheet840117112006
The Village uses Neptune water meters and reads them remotely.  Water meters are read six times a year ( every two months ) and are billed accordingly ( Water and Sewer Rate Bylaw ) .  Bills are due the same month they are sent. On occasion your meter will not read due to snow accumulation or other environmental factors, if this happens you will get an estimate read. Once the meter is read again, a catch up or credit billing will occur.
Water used January and February is billed on March 1 and Due March 31, water used March and April is billed May 1 and due May 31, water used May and June is billed on July 1 and due July 31, water used July and August is billed September 1 and due September 30, water used September and October is billed November 1, and due November 30, and water used November and December is billed January 1 and due January 31. Any unpaid charges on your water/sewer account as of December 31  will be transferred to Taxes on January 1. Always make sure your payment reaches us before the due date. If paying electronically this may take up to 5 business days.  Credit card and debit payments are accepted at the Office as well as post dated cheques.
Instructions on how to read your water meter can be found on You-tube or by googling how to read my neptune water meter. Due to copywrite we are unable to post it here for you. You can call the Office for the links as well. 306-762-2130
Sanitary Sewer blockage  – what you need to know in the event of a sewer blockage in your home – Sanitary Sewer Blockage PSA
What not to FLUSH reminder – A reminder what NOT to flush