Halifax (N.S.). Property assessment field cards

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Halifax (N.S.). Property assessment field cards

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  • 1921 - [1970's] (Creation)

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95 boxes of textual records
ca. 100 photographs: b&w

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Sub-series consists of field cards created by city assessors as they recorded features of each property to be used in determining the assessed value of the property. After assessment 'street books' were phased out between 1919-1920, these field cards were used to record details about each property (both land and the buildings) and were updated yearly. Assessors noted details in pencil and included information on: plumbing,roof type, heating, occupancy type (single,family, apartment, etc.),number of rooms,commercial or residential nature of the property. See the samples below - the information recorded changed over the years. In some cases, specifically during the 1950's-1960's, black and white photographs of the property were appended to the card, as were newspaper ads/articles noting property sales, auctions or other situations. Many of the photographs are now missing.

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Where they still exist, photographs are still attached to the field cards so should be handled very carefully and kept in order; condition of photographs should be monitored over time.

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The cards were filed in two batches: more-or-less one from pre-1950, the other from 1950-1970. Within those batches the cards are generally organized by ward, and filed alphabetically by street, although there are exceptions and discrepancies with this system. Blank cards were used to designate empty lots. Consult finding aids for further details.

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Records from 195?-197? available on microfilm, however, due to the poor quality of the reproduction, viewing of the original is recommended, except in cases where the original is not located or if photographs are sought. There may be more photographs visible on the microfilm.

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See attached box listing and listing of microfilm reels

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Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations holds property assessment field cards that can be viewed by property owners or their delegates.

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