uxbridge: Changes To Local Political Landscape - Should The Ward System Change To An At Large System? - 04/20/12 09:21 AM
Changes To Local Political Landscape
Local politics in the news lately has been about the election of the Regional Chair by the electorate rather than by Regional Council.  With all the talk about who best represents the electorate taking place there are other areas who are also making changes in their political landscape.
Should The Ward System In Uxbridge Change To An At Large System?
One Council here in Ontario says Yes! An article in the Owen Sound Sun Times, where council has just voted to make this change, will see voters in Chatsworth, Ontario voting for councillors at large rather … (0 comments)

uxbridge: One Voice Can Make A Difference - Have Your Say On The Potential Closing Of 4 Local Play Parks - 04/09/11 12:03 PM
Have Your Say On The Potential Closing Of 4 Local Play Parks
 
Local community parks play a role in every community. They help to define the community.  They are one piece of the pie that is taken under consideration when a potential buyer is looking to purchase a home in the community. They are a place where neighbours get to meet neighbours while their children play in the park. In a community as diverse as Uxbridge local play parks where children have access close to home make a lot of sense.
 
Uxbridge is blessed with many recreational activities for those who want to get involved in … (4 comments)

uxbridge: Moving To Uxbridge - 04/21/10 09:44 AM
Moving To Uxbridge
Are you contemplating a move to Uxbridge, Ontario?
In addition to her regular Uxbridge, Ontario Information and Real Estate posts Kathy Clulow  is doing a series of posts on Moving to Uxbridge. The series to date provides information about employment opportunities, the arts and entertainment world in Uxbridge, the compassionate and caring hearts of the residents, some history and heritage information, and some of the sporting activities available.
To learn more about Uxbridge, Ontario check out Kathy's blog one of her web sites or her listing web site
 
Moving to Uxbridge, Ontario - The Series to date … (2 comments)

uxbridge: Uxbridge, Ontario Is Celebrating The Earth on April 22nd 2010 - 04/17/10 10:23 AM
Uxbridge, Ontario Is Celebrating The Earth on April 22nd 2010
 
Uxbridge is throwing a party, a Candlelight Party, to celebrate April 22nd 2010, from 4 until 10pm
Sponsored by the Uxbridge Chamber of Commerce with local merchants' and farmers' offering green products, services and practices. There will be lots of green activities for the family. Enjoy the entertainment, food and much more.
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uxbridge: You And Your Property Tax Bill - Elected Officials VS Apointed Officials - 03/29/10 04:49 PM
You And Your Property Tax Bill -Elected Officials VS Apointed Officials
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Uxbridge residents, or their counterparts in the other areas of Durham Region get to elect all but one of the people who sit on their Local and Regional Council.
Currently The Regional Chair is not elected by the people yet this person gets to vote on your behalf.
Should the most powerful position on Regional Council not have to face the voters? For my money he should be accountble to the electorate in the same manner as every other member of council. The Region is … (3 comments)

uxbridge: From Our House To Yours - 12/20/08 04:51 PM

Never has there been such a quest for Truth, such a yearning for Peace, such a longing for Love
Never such a striving to understand and to be Understood
Never has there been such a need for the Spirit that is Christmas
 
At this beautiful season let us all remember that the greatest gift of all is love. My you have a loving Christmas surrounded by family and friends. From our House to YoursWe wish You all the Blessings of Christmasand A Super New Year
 
Kathy and Barrie
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uxbridge: You and "YOUR" Uxbridge Property Tax Bill -- OUCH!!!!! - 11/18/08 04:28 PM
OUCH IS RIGHT!!!
Have you ever noticed when a public official is talking about your money they always break it down to the smallest common denominator they can. Well your new assessment notice is no different if you look down the right hand side of the notice you will see that the average residential assessment will go up by 4.68% in Uxbridge for your 2009 tax bill calculation.
But what does that really tell you and what would you do if you took a fast glance. 3.64% thats not bad right --- what they are not putting into words is that the … (0 comments)

uxbridge: 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)

uxbridge: 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)

uxbridge: You and "YOUR" Property Tax Bill -- Is Your Assessment Fair and Equitable - 10/17/08 03:34 PM
Having successfully challenged my own and many other's assessments over the years Both at the ARB and OMB level there are some points you should be aware of.
1. Bear in mind the assessed value you are looking at is not todays value it is a historical value and in reality is a calculated value using regressional analysis not comparables as you would to list or sell a property. Also their valuations can be out by 10% from actual sales and still be considered fair and equitable in fact I have one case history where an assessor said a property that was … (3 comments)

uxbridge: You and "YOUR" Property Tax Bill -- OUCH!!!!! - 09/26/08 10:58 AM
OUCH IS RIGHT!!!
Have you ever noticed when a public official is talking about your money they always break it down to the smallest common denominator they can. Well your new assessment notice is no different if you look down the right hand side of the notice you will see that the average residential assesment will go up by 3.64% in Georgina for your 2009 tax bill calulation.
But what does that really tell you and what would you do if you took a fast glance. 3.64% thats not bad right --- what they are not putting into words is that … (2 comments)

uxbridge: Refugees Give Back in Support of Matthew House in The Scotia Bank Charity Marathon - 09/23/08 08:29 PM
Matthew House is a Worthy and Amazing Cause.
They have been welcoming unsponsored refugees in Toronto for 10 years and have helped over 1000 residents from over 75 countries transition into life as Canadians. This house receives no direct support from any government agency and is supported solely by folks like you who wish to help refugees, Many who are recovering from difficulties beyond words.

On September 28th Matthew House will be participating it the Scotiabank Charity Marathon The Toronto Waterfornt Marathon For the second year in a row.
This year a number of former residents of Matthew House will be joining … (0 comments)

uxbridge: You and "YOUR" Property Tax Bill -- Your Assessment Notice Is In The Mail - 09/22/08 07:15 PM
Watch Your Mail Box starting today if you live in York Region and Nov 03 if you live in Durham Region The new assessment notices that will be part of the equation in determining your property tax bill in 2009 are in the mail. Notices of re assessment started being sent out for the week of Sept 15th thru till Nov. 17th according to the Municipal Property Assessment Corporations (MPAC) web site 
It is estimated that Provincial property values have risen on average approximately 20% since the last assessment, this increase will be phased in over a four year period resulting in … (8 comments)

uxbridge: You and "YOUR" Property Tax Bill -- Mill Rate Idiosyncrasy's - 09/18/08 11:29 PM
In looking at some Mill Rates Around the Greater Toronto Area and in Particular Uxbridge and Georgina I noticed a few peculiarities. While most areas have two different mill rates for residential and multi residential not all do. Some even have four different mill rates with the additional divisions being residential urban and residential rural
It is interesting to note that the Multi Residential mill Rate in the York Region Communities I checked were all higher than the Residential while in Durham Region they were both the same. For example Georgina, which is in York Region has a residential rate of 1.395088 and the … (0 comments)

uxbridge: You and "YOUR" Property Tax Bill -- Is Current Value Assessment (CVA) A Better Way? - 07/09/08 10:55 AM
In my post You and "YOUR" Propertry Tax Bill -- Who Takes The Biggest Bite? 
Steve commented "The Assessments have been frozen so, any increase recently in your taxes is down to your local council. The CVA, while unpopular is actually the better way of calculating property values and lets face it, thats all they do,...calculate your value. Blame your local Councillors for tax increases as they set the tax rate."
His response is similiar to what one might expect to recieve from the Assessment Office and is what one sees if one takes a very narrow look at assessment. However one … (4 comments)

uxbridge: You and "YOUR" Propertry Tax Bill -- Who Takes The Biggest Bite? - 07/08/08 08:34 AM
Understanding Your Property Tax Bill,how it is calculated and how it relates to other tax bills in your neighbourhood and in neighbouring communities just might become increasingly important to you. The province has given the go-ahead to reassess every home in Ontario for your 2009 tax bill. Your 2009 tax bill will be calculated based on the assessed value of your home in January of 2008.
The Two Main Componentsof your tax bill are the assessed value and the mill rate. The the mill rates that are applied are set by 3 different bodies while the assessment or assessed value is set by MPAC (Municipal Property Assessment … (2 comments)

uxbridge: Uxbridge Featured Homes For Sale - 06/30/08 07:38 AM
 
 
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