durham region: You and "YOUR" Property Tax Bill - 2012 Interim Tax payments Are Due - 04/14/12 09:58 AM
You and "YOUR" Property Tax Bill - 2012 Interim Tax payments Are Due
April is not my favourite month of the year as I am reminded that three levels of government are constantly dipping deeper into our wallets. Their demands on our resources are increasing constantly despite all they say they are doing to hold the line or reduce our taxes. With interest rates at the low levels they are today the exorbitant rates charged on overdue property taxes is almost usury.

You May Not Get A Personal Reminder From The Tax Office That Your 2012 Property Taxes Are … (3 comments)

durham region: Uxbridge, Ontario - A Reminder From The Tax Office - Your 2011 Property Taxes Are Due - 09/25/11 05:34 PM
You May Not Get A Personal Reminder From The Tax Office That Your 2011 Property Taxes Are Due
But Failure to pay them on time will result in an immediate penalty of 1.25%.
The last installment of your Uxbridge property taxes are due by Friday September 30th, 2011.

Monthly Payment/Pre-Authorized Payments
Uxbridge offers two different methods or plans for pre-authorized payments. The first is a monthly plan that authorizes the town to take your tax payments in 11 monthly installments directly from your bank account with the first payment being January the 1st and on the 1st of … (1 comments)

durham region: From The Tax Office - Your Taxes Are Due - 02/27/11 04:42 PM
From The Tax Office - Your Taxes Are Due
Property Taxes, Property Assessments, Income Taxes, Taxation and  spendthrift governments. It's that time of year once again when these words start to fill our minds with thoughts of politicians who just do not get it, Politicians who think the taxpayer is an uneducated boob who will simply groan as they are rolled over and their pockets picked by this level or that of our political hierarchy.
The first installment of your Uxbridge property taxes are due by Monday February 28th, 2011.
Failure to pay them on time will result in an … (2 comments)

durham region: You and "YOUR" Property Tax Bill - Your Assessment Notice May Have been In The Mail - 11/13/10 09:35 PM
You and "YOUR" Property Tax Bill
Your Assessment Notice May Have been In The Mail
If you received one then there has been a change in the assessment of your property other than the increase due to the reassessment phase in process.
But I Did Not Get A Notice
Your Assessment will still be going up due to the 4 year phase in of the 2008 re-assessment.
Why Did I Get One
By now you should have received a notice of assessment if any of the following has occurred and MPAC is aware of the change:
the ownership of your … (9 comments)

durham region: You and "YOUR" Property Tax Bill - Local Municipal Elections - Your Only Opportunity To Determine who Spends Them - 09/03/10 11:58 PM
 
You and "YOUR" Property Tax Bill
Local Municipal Elections - Your Only Opportunity To Determine who Spends Them
Local Municipal Councils, Councillors and Mayors are the closest of all politicians to you and I the taxpayer. Generally they are the most responsive to our questions and comments on how they spend our tax dollars.
Local Council Seats
At the moment there is one ward (ward 5) in Uxbridge that has only one candidate registered, the incumbent Gordon Highet. and only the incumbents are registered for both the separate and public school board. trustees seats. (source - Uxbridge Cosmos)  You have until Friday … (0 comments)

durham region: You And Your Property Tax Bill - The Illusion and The Reality - 03/14/10 09:23 AM
You And Your Property Tax Bill - The Illusion and The Reality
 
 

 
For many the process of appealing your property assessment is as convoluted as this picture. Many people think that they are appealing their property tax bill when they arrive at an appeal. They do not realize that it is in fact their assessment that they have to appeal.
In a post How Property Assessment in Ontario is Calculated based on the explanation of how your property assessment is calculated by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) Ty Lacroix provides some insight into the assessment process … (16 comments)

durham region: You And Your Property Tax Bill - Help For Your Appeal - 03/03/10 06:54 PM
You And Your Property Tax Bill - Help For Your Appeal
For those who are unhappy with their Property Assessment and are looking for some help here is some information on how some companies charge for the appeal process.
The information Below is posted here for informational purposes only.
This is not an endorsement of the company, I handle my own appeals and therefore have never used or consulted with or for this company.
This is just one of the companies out there that will file on your behalf with various methods of payment.
 
 
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durham region: You and "YOUR" Property Tax Bill - The Cost Of Education -Who Should Pay - 02/25/10 03:47 PM
In My post You and "YOUR" Property Tax Bill - Assessment Appeal Causes Inequities In Taxation
Pam McInnes  of Waterloo asked
I've also always wondered why, just because you own a home, you have to pay for the school system - pick public, separate, or french immersion, but whether you have children or not you pay into it because you are a homeowner?
 
I agree school support should not come from property taxes.
We need to educate our young people today so they will be productive contributing members of society tomorrow. We also need to present an equality in the education … (8 comments)

durham region: You and "YOUR" Property Tax Bill - Assessment Appeal Causes Inequities In Taxation - 02/21/10 03:02 PM
You and "YOUR" Property Tax Bill - Assessment Appeal Causes Inequities Taxation
An earlier post on assessment, You and "YOUR" Property Tax Bill - Environmental Impacts On Property Assessments, discussed a successful appeal that reduced a properties assessment by 50%..
I applaud Paul Thompson for sticking to his guns and being successful in reducing his assessment based on an environmental issue under the current system (I would have done the same thing). His success however points out a very big issue that I have with our current system of assessment. The inequity in the resulting taxes paid based on that … (5 comments)

durham region: You and "YOUR" Property Tax Bill - One Man's Opinion On The Assessment Process - 02/18/10 09:39 PM
In his post How Property Assessment in Ontario is Calculated Ty Lacroix from London Ontario provided a pretty good window into assessment here in Ontario from the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation's (MPAC) point of view. 
One needs to look beyond what they provide for a true understanding of the flawes in our assessment process.
Understanding Mass Market Analysis as practiced by MPAC for Assessment Purposes
After the initial inspection by MPAC (during which some subjective opinion is applied) all you need is a course in mathematics. Assessments in Ontario are calculated using regressional analysis to determine values for various … (5 comments)

durham region: You and "YOUR" Property Tax Bill - Environmental Impacts On Property Assessments #2 - 02/17/10 03:38 PM
"YOUR" Property Tax Bill - Environmental Impacts On Property Assessments #2
In a comment on her post Ruling Says Wind Farms Affect Property Values Marg Scheben-Edey wondered
"how this case will be applied in other situations. Again, is it a percentage or a specific dollar value"
 
If the same conditions exist elsewhere or for another property adjacent to this one it should be the same percentage.
Years ago when the corner super mailbox first arrived on the scene there was an appeal that was successful and gained a reduction based on the detrimental affects the mailbox had on … (4 comments)

durham region: You and "YOUR" Property Tax Bill - Environmental Impacts On Property Assessments - 02/16/10 10:17 PM
 
Environmental Impacts on Property Assessments
 
Municipalities  considering wind farms have something else to consider now when reaching their decision. How much will it impact their assessment base. With one successful appeal on the records it will not be to hard for others in a similar situation to successfully get their assessments reduced.
Any thing that affects the value of your property should also affect the assessment of your property. In light of this landmark case it is possible that MPAC (The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation) will reduce the value of other properties that are similarly affected but don't count … (2 comments)

durham region: You and "YOUR" Property Tax Bill - The 2010 draft budget goes before council today - 01/18/10 12:09 PM
You and "YOUR" Property Tax Bill - The 2010 draft budget goes before council today
 
Today is the day Council looks at the 2010 draft budget to be presented by the finance committee. It will be presented to council at their meeting this afternoon.
Over the years Uxbridge has held a fairly tight reign on tax increases with several years in recent memory having zero mill rate increase and a stable assessment system. This resulted in Zero Tax Increases for local homeowners.
What has changed is the leadership in Uxbridge, with staff retirements and changes to council the old guard … (4 comments)

durham region: You and "YOUR" Property Tax Bill -- One Alternative - 11/30/09 01:08 PM
In an earlier post You and "YOUR" Property Tax Bill -- Is Current Value Assessment (CVA) A Better Way?  I looked at our current assessment system and the unfairness of it for many taxpayers.
Today's example looks at the Durham Region Portion of Your Tax Bill from the point of view taken by some who feel a head tax is more appropriate than property tax for raising taxes locally.
 
THE BACKGROUND
 

It is interesting to note that while the three northern communities paid the smallest portion of the overall region tax bite they also have the smallest populations. … (5 comments)

durham region: Is FSBO Firms Marketing Loosing Steam? - 07/08/09 10:22 PM
A FSBO Operator is offering Flat Fee MLS to augment his FSBO services.
You have to ask yourself why if his services are so good does he have to offer any MLS® options.
I suppose he finally realizes that MLS®  still provides one of the best ways to get the most exposure for your home. Unfortunately his offer does not tell you that you may have to pay additional amounts such as a selling commission if the propeerrty is sold by someone other than the agent providing the flat fee service.
As I have said before
Everyone has the right to buy or … (0 comments)

durham region: Is 25% of Real Estate in Canada Really Sold Privately?? Update - 09/13/08 03:12 PM
 In a post from a FSBO company here on active/rain they made the claim that 25% Of Residential Real Estate In Canada Is Sold Privately. The wording of their post seems to imply that part of that 25% were builders. Well as a former real estate person the poster is either misleading you or had no personal real estate dealings with builders, when they claimed that builders do not use real estate professionals, when I know for a fact that that they have and do.
It would appear that the poster is attempting to discount the services that Real Estate Professionals who work full time … (0 comments)

durham region: Is 25% of Real Estate in Canada Really Sold Privately?? - 09/10/08 11:13 PM
There was a post here recently by a FSBO company blogger that claimed that to be a fact.
You have to ask yourself is it all hype to promote the FSBO services offered?
In reading the post I noticed that the poster claimed that noreal estate agents are involved when you purchase from a builder.Hang on there just a minute if these sales are included in the 25% then the 25% just suddenly took a real kick in the seat.  
Interesting that he/she says he/she is a former real estate broker andyet his/her information about how new homes are sold is not correct so I … (7 comments)