The Port Medway Cemeteries Committee had quite the surprise when the assessment for an aged cemetery went up 600 per cent.
The tombstone of Samuel Mack, the oldest tombstone in the Port Medway Cemetery. The Cemetery recently saw its property assessment go up 600 per cent.
“We’re not sure whether it’s just a clerical error… or if they truly think it’s worth 105,000 dollars, it just seems kind of silly to us,” says Dan Sinclair, Treasurer for the Port Medway Cemeteries Committee.
The property value assessment statement jumped from $15,000 to $105,000, which is a $90,000 increase.
Sinclair says the only difference with the cemetery is it has one new tombstone and plot. A person who purchased the plot many years ago was placed in the cemetery over the 2013 year. They will be the last person to be buried in the cemetery. The oldest tombstone on the property is from 1783.
The property is tax exempt and as a heritage site is not able to be bought or sold so the committee need not worry about payment. Sinclair however, is worried about the implications of the higher assessment.
“We’re going to appeal it and hopefully get it reset to its old value cause nothing has changed except the addition of one person,” says Sinclair.
Sinclair and the committee have made the decision to appeal the new assessment because they worry the value could affect surrounding properties and the community of Port Medway.
When asked whether the value of tax exempt or non-sellable properties affect the properties surrounding them, a representative of the Property Valuation Services Corporation (PVSC), had this to say: If a property can not be sold, this does not mean that the values within the area do not change.
The PVSC, a not-for-profit organization that assesses approximately 600,000 properties per year.