Finance

The purpose of the Finance Department is to safeguard the City’s Investment in assets and services through the provision of accurate and timely information to our internal and external customers.

The Finance Department is responsible for providing financial services, including accounts payable & receivable, budgeting, cash management & investment planning, and asset & capital management. Additionally, the department manages utility accounts, property tax, collection of tickets & fines, business licensing, as well as the development of purchasing controls & tendering co-ordination.

We recognize that visiting City Hall during our office hours is not always the most convenient way to request services or make payments for your city accounts. We are pleased to announce select E-Services are now available to you through our web site. Visit the E-Service Webpage.

The City of Portage la Prairie offers the following e-services and online options to ensure uninterrupted access to services:

TAXES

WATER

PARKING PASSES

  • Parking passes can be purchased by calling 204-239-8310 or emailing cashier@city-plap.com.
  • Information to include: license plate number, name, address, postal code, email address, whether you’re purchasing a daily / monthly / annual pass, start date, end date and quantity.
  • Payments can be put in the drop box at the front of City Hall or sent in the mail.
  • E-transfer to payments@city-plap.com, include your license plate number in the message field.

PARKING TICKETS

ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLES

  • Trailer license fees can be paid though preauthorized payment
  • Payment can be put in the drop box at the front of City Hall or sent in the mail.
  • Pay via Interac e-transfer using the email payments@city-plap.com. For Invoices/AR statements enter your Customer ID, example SMITH001 and Invoice number if any into the message field (Interac e-Transfer Instructions)

BUSINESS LICENSE

Apply online – http://www.city-plap.com/cityplap/services/e-services/

PET LICENSES

LOCAL VEHICLE FOR HIRE

If mailing payments, please send to:

City of Portage la Prairie
97 Saskatchewan Ave E
Portage la Prairie, MB R1N 0L8

For all other inquiries please call the general line 204-239-8309

Tax Department contact: 204-239-8308 or taxclerk@city-plap.com

Assessment & Property Taxes

The Province of Manitoba’s Assessment Branch completes a general reassessment every 2 years. Assessment is the estimation of a property’s probable market value in accordance with the Municipal Assessment Act. Municipalities use the property value as a measure for calculating taxes. A general reassessment will next be completed in 2022 and if changes are made, will impact a property owner’s 2023 property taxes. Every property owner has the opportunity to appeal their assessment at a Board of Revision meeting which is held each fall. An Application for Revision of Assessment Roll can be downloaded and printed below.

Property Tax Payment & Prepayment Options

Tax Installment Payment Plan (T.I.P.P.)

Tax Sale

A Tax Sale is conducted annually in September of each year and includes properties with three years of unpaid taxes and penalties (i.e., current year plus the two preceding years). The next Tax Sale is scheduled for September 12, 2022.

Tax Sale Listing posted May 2022

Order for Substitutional Services for Tax Sale

Accommodation Tax

Additional Resources

Water Department contact: (204) 239-8370

Utility Rates

Utility E-Billing

Eliminate the need for paper water bills to be mailed to you. Sign up for E-Billing and we will deliver your bills to your email address. A green solution – less paper plus less paper to store or eventually dispose of in a secure manner. Click HERE to sign up for e-Billings.

Utility Payment Options

Additional Resources

  • Reading Your Water Meter: The City of Portage la Prairie will read your meter for billing purposes, however if you want to monitor your own water consumption, here’s how: Getting to Know Your Water Meter

What is an oath?

An oath is a solemn declaration that a statement is true.  The oath is taken before a Commissioner for Oaths or a Notary Public for it to be valid.

What is a Commissioner for Oaths?

In the Province of Manitoba, a Commissioner for Oaths is an individual who is empowered to administer and witness the swearing of oaths, and take and receive affidavits, statutory declarations and affirmations.  The person swearing an oath, making an affirmation or making a declaration is called a deponent or declarant.  A Commissioner for Oaths only certifies that the required oath or affirmation or declaration has been properly administered.  Commissioners for Oaths do not certify the truth of the statements contained in a document.  This is the responsibility of the declarant.

Are there any specific requirements to obtain these services?

A declarant must be physically present before the Commissioner for Oaths.  Also, the Commissioner for Oaths must be satisfied about the authenticity of the deponent’s or declarant’s identify and signature before they can sign the document.  The declarant’s signature must be confirmed by comparing the signature given to at least one piece of current identification, such as a valid driver’s license.

Which area of the City provides these services?

These services are available at City Hall and to residents of the City of Portage la Prairie for documents that will remain and are for use in the province of Manitoba.  Charges for these services are in accordance with the City’s Annual Fees and Charges, available on our web site.  The City doesn’t provide these services for documents that could need to be defended in court.

Does the City offer Notary Public services?

The City does not provide Notary Public services.  A Notary Public is a public officer (lawyer) constituted by law to service the public.