Nova Scotia

Mahone Bay couple shocked by property tax hike

An elderly Mahone Bay couple say they're worried they may lose their dream home after their tax bill more than doubled this year.

An elderly Mahone Bay couple say they're worried they may lose their dream home after their tax bill more than doubled this year.

Lawrence and Doreen Zwicker built their dream home 55 years ago, on land the Zwicker family has owned for generations.

The couple, who live on a fixed income, say they were shocked when this year's property tax bill was more than double what it was last year.

"Last year, the full tax bill was $1,132.72. This year, half owed is $1,189.49," said Doreen Zwicker.

"That's only half. We get another half in August again."

The property tax bill for the Zwickers' six-hectare property in Mahone Bay includes improvement charges and assessment fees — all of which have added up to a bill they can't afford.

"It's been in the family ever since time began and we want to keep it, but it's looking very shaky right now," said Lawrence Zwicker.

Doreen Zwicker said the couple have a meeting planned with their lawyer to go over the bill and try to understand it.

"We built this house and we don't want to have to sell, but we may have to," she said.

Corrections

  • Jim Wentzell, chief administrative officer of Mahone Bay, says they are meeting with the Zwickers. An earlier version of the story referred to a different municipality.
    May 04, 2012 3:15 AM AT

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