property taxes: 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)

property taxes: You and "YOUR" Property Tax Bill - Your Assessment Notice May Have been In The Mail - 01/12/10 02:38 PM
You and "YOUR" Property Tax Bill
 
Your Assessment Notice May Have been In The Mail
Back in November of last year the Municipal Property Assessment Corp (MPAC) began sending out assessment notices for the 2010 property tax year. 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 … (8 comments)

property taxes: You and "YOUR" Property Tax Bill -- Should Municipal Government Be Scrapped - 01/01/10 06:23 PM
Should Municipal Government Be Scrapped
In a recent Article in a Local Paper one Georgina resident is asking the town to help eliminate the nine municipal governments within York Region. He is asking the town to eliminate itself or at least study the possibility.
He seems to think that it would save the taxpayer money but I would disagree with him. There would be a push to harmonize the pay scale across the Region, to the highest level,  and there would be an increases in the Regional bureaucracy Most, if not all and more, of the employees of the municipal governments … (2 comments)

property taxes: 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)

property taxes: You and "YOUR" Property Tax Bill -- My Prescription Provided Pain Relief - 11/15/09 08:42 PM
 
You and "YOUR" Property Tax Bill -- My Prescription Provided Pain Relief
 
By now you should have paid your final tax bill for the year and it likely hurt because it was up substantially from last year.
 
The question is - did you pay more than your fair share or less?
 
I felt I was going to be paying more than my fair share. The big red flag for me was that my assessment jumped 34.33%, more than double the average increase, while the average home's assessed value went up just over 14% .
While it is … (12 comments)

property taxes: You and "YOUR" Propertry Tax Bill -- Property Assessment Open House Sessions - 11/29/08 02:20 PM
The Town of Georgina has arranged with the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) to have public open house sessions for property owners to meet with Assessors to discuss any property assessment issues.
When
Tuesday, Dec 9th from 8:30am - 4:30pmWednesday, December 10th from 12:00 noon - 8:00pm
Where
At the civic centre in the first floor council chambers.
Take Your Assessment Notice
Taking your assessment notice with you will make it easier for the assessor to find the information on your property. While you are going to get answers about your assessment they will also ask you questions about your property … (2 comments)

property taxes: You and "YOUR" Propertry Tax Bill -- Assessment Errors Can Be Costly - 11/09/08 01:16 PM
 
Statistics As explained in my last post Understanding Residential Property Assessment in Ontario the assessment world uses statistical analysis in determining your property assessment. If the information used in that statistical analysis is flawed or incomplete then the analysis itself will be flawed and resulting assessments will be incorrect.
Benjamin Disraeli once said there are three kinds of lies: lies damned lies and statistics. Evan Esar is credited with the statement that statistics is the only science that enables different experts using the same figures to draw different conclusions.
Meanwhile Garbage In, Garbage Out even if it is taken as gospel it can still … (4 comments)

property taxes: Understanding Residential Property Assessment in Ontario - #7 in a series on property taxes - 10/27/08 10:07 AM
Supporters of full market value assessment (Current Value Assessment or CVA as it's now called) would have you believe that the value on your assessment notice represents the market value of your property as of a given date, currently January 1st 2008 for taxation in 2009.
If they were to study the assessment process they would find this may not be so as a single formula or assessment "model" as it is called by the assessment world is used to determine the value of all properties in a given area or neighbourhood.
The multiple regressional analysis (MRA) process utilized by the … (2 comments)