Taxation

Property owners can apply to MPAC for a Request of Reconsideration (RFR)
if you do not agree with your MPAC assessment.
www.aboutmyproperty.ca

Property Tax Reform Initiatives

A key part of this role is FOCA’s active participation and support ofWRAFT (Waterfront Ratepayers After Fair Taxation) and CAPTR (Coalition After Property Tax Reform). FOCA’s position on the major issues with the current residential property tax system in Ontario follows: “Downloading” by the Province onto municipalities, and hence property owners in Ontario, is higher than all the rest of Canada. This inordinate local funding burden amplifies the unfairness inherent when property value is the sole determinant of how much an individual who pays for a lengthy list of municipal obligations. FOCA believes the provincial government must hasten and broaden the provincial role in financially supporting social services through provincial income taxes, which has only partially been addressed in the recommendations of the 2008 Provincial Municipal Fiscal and Service Delivery Review.

The ‘unrealistic’ increases in assessment this past year caused Hastings Highlands to petition Premier Dalton McGuinty, and Hastings County to allow us to set a sub-class tax rate for Waterfront Residential (WR) property within the Residential Class. Hastings Highlands is unique in that it has more lakes than any other municipality in the county, likely in the entire province. Thus, a large majority of our ratepayers pay taxes based on WR assessments. Whereas the WR majority receives far greater increases in assessment than land based property, creating two diverse groups each subject to the same tax rate within the residential class; and whereas WR assessments have risen disproportionately higher than land based assessments, this creates a tax imbalance over which council has no control. Therefore, a separate or sub-class tax rate for WR property would enable council to set tax rates appropriately, to mitigate the tax effect on both WR and land based property in a re-assessment year.

Taxation