The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) has mailed Property Assessment Notices to all Prince Edward County property owners.
What you need to know:
MPAC is a not-for-profit corporation created by the Province of Ontario.
The Province has changed the base year assessment value of all properties in Ontario from 2008 to 2012.
Your property's value has not been reassessed since 2008.
The property assessment you receive this week will be based on your property's value on January 1, 2012.
This assessed value will be in place for four years - 2013 to 2016.
This new assessment will be used by the County of Prince Edward to calculate your property taxes for the next four years by multiplying your assessment by the tax rate as determined through the annual budget process.
If there is a decrease in assessment it will be applied wholly in 2013.
If there is an increase in assessment it will be phased in over the four years.
Need More Information?
Any questions about your Assessment Notice, the assessed value, or how to appeal your assessment
should be directed to MPAC's Customer Contact Centre at 1-866-296-MPAC (6722) or you can visit their website at www.mpac.ca.
Contact or visit our Tax Department at:
Shire Hall, 332 Main Street, Picton, Ontario 613-476-2148 email:
Property Tax Billing Information:
Property Taxes are due three times per year. Each installment represents approximately 1/3 of the total taxes due. For properties within the Residential, Farm and Managed Forest property classes the installment due dates are in March, June and September. For properties within the Multi-Residential, Commercial and Industrial property classes, the installment dates are in March, September and November. Property Taxes Notices are mailed twice a year; one mailing is completed in February for the March Installment, and the second mailing is completed in May and August for the June and September installments or the September and November installments respectively. If you did not receive a Tax Notice for the periods mentioned, please contact the Tax Department directly.
Tax Deferral for Low Income Seniors and
Persons with Disabilities:
Applications may be made for deferral of tax increases due to general reassessment for low income seniors and persons with disabilities. All applications must be received in the office of the Treasurer no later than September 30th of the year for which tax relief is being requested. The tax relief shall be in the form of a non-interest bearing tax deferral that forms a special lien on the property. All deferred taxes must be paid in full upon the sale of the property or any registered change in title. Click here for eligibility criteria and Tax Deferral Application Form.
Property Tax Rebate Program for Eligible Charities:
This rebate form is applicable to registered charities that occupy property in the commercial or industrial property class. The deadline for submitting applications is the 28th of February of the year following the taxation year to which the application applies. Click here to view the Charity Rebate Application Form.
Rebate for Vacant Units in Commercial and Industrial Property:
Applications may be made for rebate of property taxes for the vacant portions of property in the Commercial and Industrial property classes only. The deadline for submitting applications is the 28th of February of the year following the taxation year to which the application applies. Click here to view the Vacancy Rebate Application Form.
Change of ownership/address:
If a change of ownership takes place during the course of the year, please forward the tax bill to the party responsible for any unpaid installments. Our responsibility is to forward the tax bill to the property owner on record as of the date the bills are prepared. If you change your mailing address, please notify the Tax Department in writing of the change. Penalty charges will still apply on late payments regardless of any change of mailing address.
Change of Address Form is located in the sidebar to the left.
Late Payment Charges:
Please note that interest is charged at the rate of one and one quarter percent (1 ¼%), calculated on the first day of each month, on all tax arrears. Section 347(1)2 of the Municipal Act 2001 states that any payment received will firstly be applied to interest owing and the balance of the payment, if any, will be applied against the tax arrears outstanding for the longest period.
Assessment Review Board:
If you have appealed your assessment for previous taxation years, the appeal may not be heard or processed in time for current final tax billing. Your tax account will be adjusted to reflect the decision of the Assessment Review Board upon the municipality receiving official notification.
Request for Reconsideration:
If you have applied for a Request for Reconsideration of your current assessment through MPAC, any adjustments as a result of approved Minutes of Settlement will be processed by the Tax Department after the issuance of the Final Notices for the current year. A separate notice reflecting the adjustment will be mailed to respective property owners.
A Supplementary tax demand may be issued where there is an incomplete assessment at the time of assessing or where a new building has reached completion or a property becomes taxable. It is in addition to the regular taxes already levied.
The school support indicted on the enclosed Tax Bill cannot be changed for this year. If you wish to alter your support for the next year you must notify the school board and the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation.