While many regional and other campgrounds are re-opening under stage 2-3 of the re-open Saskatchewan plan, they must still follow strict restrictions regarding taking bookings, limited capacity, bathrooms, etc. Due to these factors Council has determined that the Naicam Campground will remain closed until further notice. Council will continue to revisit the matter during COVID-19 updates at each Council meeting. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your cooperation.
At their Regular Meeting May 12, 2020, Naicam’s Town Council passed a resolution to waive the interest scheduled to be charged on past due Utility accounts on June 1, 2020 and July 1, 2020, as an extension of the COVID-19 relief measures where they waived the April 1st and May 1st interest. Council also resolved to delay the disconnections that would normally have taken place on past due utility accounts. They will review Utilities interest and shutoffs again at their July 14, 2020 meeting.
Anyone who has received a final notice of disconnection already in May may disregard the shutoff portion of the notice. The arrears are still due but service will not be disconnected at this time. We encourage those with past due accounts to contact us to make payment arrangements and consider switching to our new pre-authorized debit program.
Tax notices are being prepared and mailed out this week. An annual budget summary report for 2020 will also be included with your tax notice and is also available online by clicking the provided link. There may be delays in the mail system this year due to COVID-19. Please be aware of possible delays and how they may affect mailed payments.
Please take note of a summary of important changes regarding property taxes.
Base Tax: Residential base tax on property with improvements has increased by $25 from $700 to $725.
Pre-payment Discount: January 1- May 31 is 6%
Prompt Payment Discount: 6% until June 30, 2020 (in 2021, this discount will reduce to 3%)
There are no discounts past June 30th.
Monthly 2% interest on all past due tax arrears starting June 1, 2020. There will no longer be a 10% penalty on January 1, this will be 2% the same as every other month.
Payment methods normally include cash, debit, credit and online banking payments. Due to COVID-19 our office is currently closed to the public for in-person transactions. A number of options for payment remain available to you:
- Please avoid dropping cash through the front door drop slot. If you do so this is at your own risk.
- Cheque in an envelope through mail or drop slot in the front door.
- Debit will be unavailable while we are closed.
- Credit card can be used over the phone.
- Online banking as a vendor through some major banks.
- E-transfer can also be accepted, please contact us to make arrangements.
- Pre-authorized debit – please contact us with questions or to request a Pre-Auth Debit Form.
Please remember that payments are credited to your tax account on the day we receive them IN HAND, not the date you mailed or made them. Please allow at least 5 clear business days for online payments to be processed. If mailing payment please allow 5-14 days (we are not responsible for delays in the postal service).
June 1, 2020 – 2% monthly interest begins to accrue on all past due accounts (with tax arrears from the year 2019 or before)
June 30, 2020 – Last day for us to receive payments eligible for the 6% prompt payment discount.
December 31, 2020 – Last day to pay 2020 taxes before interest will be charged
January 1, 2021 – Monthly interest of 2% begins charging on all accounts where 2020 taxes remain unpaid
May 31, 2021 – Last day for us to receive payments eligible for the 6% pre-payment discount.
June 30, 2021 – Last day for us to receive payments eligible for the 3% prompt payment discount.
Q: What if I didn’t get my tax notice?
A: Tax notices are mailed to the assessed owner. Please allow 7-14 business days from the date of mailing before contacting us about missing notices. The 2020 tax notices are being mailed May 11-12, 2020. Some couples or families who have multiple joint owners have requested in the past that only one notice be sent, or that all notices are mailed to a single address. If you feel that you should have received a tax notice and did not get one, please contact us to make arrangements. Only those on file as allowed to receive information on that account may call in regarding that account. We may need to ask you some identification verification questions when you call/email in to protect your privacy. Please have ready your name as it appears on your bill/statement, civic address/legal land description, account or customer number, and telephone number.
Q: What if I want to know the status of someone else’s tax account?
A: Under Provincial Legislation, only those on file owners may call in regarding that account unless we have been provided one of the following: a legal power of attorney document giving you financial authorization for their accounts, permission from the property owner/account holder to release that information to you, or a request for a legal tax certificate accompanying by the required $20 fee (per title). A tax certificate can be purchased by anyone for any property and will show you the status of a properties taxes including any outstanding utilities for that property. These are commonly obtained during real estate transactions.
Q: My bank is supposed to pay my taxes, how do I know if they have?
A: As the property owner you should still have received a copy of your tax notice. You can contact us to see if payment has been made, however most banks do tend to wait until the last minute at the end of June to make payments. You can contact your bank to ensure they are getting you the best possible discount by paying before the end of the 6% discount period. You might also consider sighing up for pre-authorized debit instead where you are in more control of when payments are made.
Q: I’m considering appealing my assessment, do I still have to pay my tax notice right now?
A: All 2020 taxes are due December 31, 2020. We recommend paying the 2020 taxes during the discount period (in 2020 this is 6% until June 30) to take advantage of the discount but it is not required. If you file an assessment appeal and it results in a change to your 2020 taxes, we can make the necessary adjustments to your account at that time. You do not HAVE to pay your taxes during the discount period, however if you choose to pay after the discount period ends, you will no longer be eligible for the discount regardless of how the appeal process turns out.
Please visit our Tax & Assessments page for more information.
Town of Naicam
Assessment Roll Open
Notice is hereby given that the Assessment Roll for the Town of Naicam for 2020 has been prepared and is open to inspection until July 17th, 2020. Due to COVID-19 individuals wishing to inspect the roll may: request an emailed PDF, view the roll online at the town’s website at townofnaicam.ca, or request a printed copy be mailed to them. Office hours during which to make your inquiries regarding the assessment roll are Monday – Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.
A bylaw pursuant to section 214 of The Municipalities Act has been passed and the assessment notices have been sent as required.
Any person who desires to appeal the assessment of a property must lodge his or her complaint in writing with the associated appeal fee before 4:30 pm on July 17, 2020. Appeal fees are $50 for residential properties and $150 for commercial/industrial properties. To file your appeal, present your completed appeal form with the associated fee to the Assessor, at the Town of Naicam, P.O. Box 238, (208 2nd Ave N) Naicam, SK, S0K 2Z0, or by email to email@example.com by July 17, 2020.
Dated this 7th day of May, 2020.
Complaints have recently been received of vehicles driving with excessive speed down municipal roadways and spinning tires which can cause damage to persons and property due to flying gravel. Witnesses and members of Council have been in touch with RCMP regarding this issue. We are relying on members of the community who may witness these unsafe vehicles to please report it every time you see it, not just the first time. The more complaints they receive the more likely they are to implement a plan to curb the behaviour on their end. We recognize that during COVID-19 the ability of the RCMP to respond to certain matters has been curtailed but this means we must be even more vigilant as a community. For the safety of the entire community on the municipal end we are looking into the cost of speed bumps to be strategically placed where we believe they will be most useful and effective.
A brief reminder to residents and guests that Golf Carts and ATVs (including quads and side-by-sides) are not permitted travel on Town of Naicam municipal property including municipal roads, streets, right of ways, trails or parks within the Town’s municipal limits.
Below is an excerpt from SGI on rules and regulations regarding safe and legal operation of ATV’s.
You must be 16 years of age and hold a valid driver’s licence to operate an ATV on public lands.
Youth between the ages of 12 and 15 can operate an ATV on public land and may cross roads (but cannot drive on roads) if they have passed an approved ATV training course, or if they’re supervised by someone who has held a driver’s licence continuously for the last 365 days. The supervising rider can be riding a different ATV or be on the same ATV as the youth. (Naicam does not authorize ATV’s on municipal roads or streets or on any municipal property)
Always wear an approved motorcycle helmet and appropriate protective eye wear – both are legally required when operating or riding on ATVs in public areas and recommended always.
Use a buddy system when operating an ATV and do not carry a passenger if the ATV is not built for it.
WHERE CAN I DRIVE MY ATV?
You can drive an ATV on Crown land and highway right of ways. Like any vehicle, riders must obey traffic rules.
You can only drive an ATV on the travelled portion of a road or street, in the following circumstances:
- on a road or street authorized by a local bylaw (Naicam does not authorize ATV’s on municipal roads or streets or on any municipal property)
- on a road or street authorized by the Highway Traffic Board (HTB)
- when crossing a road or bridge (unless prohibited by local bylaw or the HTB)
To drive an ATV on private land, you need the permission of the owner or occupant.
Agenda items can be viewed online at: http://naicam.allnetmeetings.com/pubs/agendas.aspx
Originally scheduled to be implemented in May/June, we’ve been informed that due to COVID-19 delays, we won’t be able to roll-out the curbside garbage bin program through REACT until the end of June at the earliest.
We’re working on creating a document that will be mailed out to residents and posted online. This document will outline the rules and regulations of the REACT program and of the new Waste Management Bylaw that Council will be reviewing at their May 12th meeting. We’re also working on putting together a public virtual session with the Town and REACT where we can review the program for the public, and answer frequently asked questions about how all this will work. If we know a roll-out date it will also be announced at that time otherwise a separate notice will be sent to residents announcing when the program will begin and when you can expect your cart to arrive.
We thank you for your patience!
Reminder that the Playground and Spray Park are still CLOSED by order of the Minister of Health as they are considered outdoor recreational facilities. These are not scheduled to re-open until stage 4 of the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan. Follow the link below to view the full plan. Thank you for your cooperation!