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  1. 1 Frequently Asked Questions - Property Taxes
    1. 1.1 What makes up my Tax Bill?
    2. 1.2 How are my Tax Dollars distributed to other Public Entities?
    3. 1.3  How is my Tax Bill Calculated?
    4. 1.4 Can I pay my property taxes with post-dated cheques?
    5. 1.5 Can I pay my property taxes monthly?
    6. 1.6 I am set up for a Pre-Authorized Payment plan (PAP).  Why did you send me a tax bill?
    7. 1.7 Why did I get an arrears notice?
    8. 1.8 How do I remove my spouse’s name from the property tax bill?
    9. 1.9 I disagree with the assessed value of my property.  How do I get it changed?
    10. 1.10 Why did I get an arrears notice in July?  I paid my March instalment.
    11. 1.11 Can you fax or e-mail my property tax bill to me?
    12. 1.12 How many tax bills are mailed each year?
    13. 1.13 What do the codes in the Tax Class stand for?
    14. 1.14 How often is my property assessed?
    15. 1.15 Who sets the tax rates?
    16. 1.16 What are Special Charges?
    17. 1.17 Why does the Final (Prior Year) Levies number show a higher amount than on my prior year’s tax bill?
    18. 1.18 I just set up property tax payments with my bank.  Why did I still get a bill?
    19. 1.19 I did not receive the Farm Tax Rebate this year.  Why?
    20. 1.20 My property is vacant.  Can I get a discount on my taxes?
    21. 1.21 How does Clearview Township determine the Clearview Township property tax rate?
    22. 1.22 When is the property tax due date?
    23. 1.23 Can you send me one tax bill for the whole year?
    24. 1.24 Can I choose a different date for the Pre-Authorized Payment plan (PAP)?
    25. 1.25 Can I appeal my property taxes?
    26. 1.26 How do I confirm that the property tax calculation on my Final Tax Bill matches the announced increase?

 

What makes up my Tax Bill?

Your Property Tax Bill is made up of three main components:

Education Taxes 
The tax rate is set by the Province of Ontario and is billed and collected by the municipality.  These levies are remitted to your district school board.

County of Simcoe Taxes
The tax rates for your County services are based on the annual budget and resulting levy adopted by County Council.  The County's levy is based on the weighted assessments of the 16 local municipalities.
 
Municipal Township Taxes
The tax rates for your municipal services are based on Council's adoption of the annual budget.  The total expenditures relate to a variety of services provided by the Township.  Revenues from Provincial grants, user fees and other sources have been deducted from the total expenditures, resulting in a net amount to be raised through Municipal Township Taxation.  Water and Sewer operating costs are excluded as they are 100% recovered by the User Fees charged directly to the ratepayers receiving these services. Municipal taxes also include the cost of policing services.


How are my Tax Dollars distributed to other Public Entities?

This example  is based on a residential property with assessed values of $100,000, $150,000 & $200,000 respectively & uses the total average taxes paid.  Averages are used to provide a consistent base for explanation purposes.

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How is my Tax Bill Calculated?

Formula = PROPERTY ASSESSMENT¹ multiplied by TAX RATE²

¹The Municipal Property Asssessment Corporation (MPAC) classifies and assesses all properties in Ontario under the Assessment Act and regulations established by the Provincial Government.

To establish your property's assessed value, MPAC analyzes the property sales in your area.  These sales provide the basis for assessed values.  MPAC continually collects information about properties to ensure that similar property types are valued consistently within the market area.  This method is called Current Value Assessment.  It is used by most assessment jurisdictions in Canada and around the world.

²Tax rates are calculated and approved annually by each of the public entities and are listed in the tables below and explained above.
 

Can I pay my property taxes with post-dated cheques?

Yes.  Please attach the property tax payment stub at the bottom of your tax bill to your cheque.  If a receipt is required please submit the ENTIRE bill along with your payment so that we may stamp it and return it.
 

Can I pay my property taxes monthly?

Yes.  You can sign up for a Pre-Authorized Payment plan (PAP) with either your mortgage lender or with Clearview Township.  Contact your mortgage lender to make arrangements with them.  The forms to sign up for the Clearview PAP can be downloaded from Applications and Forms

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I am set up for a Pre-Authorized Payment plan (PAP).  Why did you send me a tax bill?

We send the bill for your records.  It is noted on the payment stubs at the bottom that no payment is necessary.
 

Why did I get an arrears notice?

The payment was not made by the due date and the arrears notice was mailed.
 

How do I remove my spouse’s name from the property tax bill?

The names on the property tax bills are the same names registered with the Land Registry office.  To change the names registered on your property’s title you can contact the Simcoe Land Registry Office in Barrie at (705) 725-7232 or visit their office at 114 Worsley Street, Barrie.  Alternatively you can ask your lawyer or other representative to assist you in changing the owners on the title to your property.
 

I disagree with the assessed value of my property.  How do I get it changed?

The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) determines the assessed values for properties in Ontario.  You can contact them at 1-866-296-6722 or www.mpac.ca.

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Why did I get an arrears notice in July?  I paid my March instalment.

The Interim property tax bill mailed in March had a March and a June instalment.  Check your records to confirm that the June instalment was paid or contact our office for more information.
 

Can you fax or e-mail my property tax bill to me?

Not at this time.  We are evaluating new software that may allow this option in the future.
 

How many tax bills are mailed each year?

There are two tax bills mailed out each year.
 
INTERIM tax bill mailed out in March for March and June payments.
  • The INTERIM tax bill is 50% of the total of the prior year’s total tax bill with each payment equalling 25% of the prior year’s total taxes.
FINAL tax bill mailed out in September for September and November payments.
  • FINAL tax bill is the total current year’s tax bill less the amount billed in the INTERIM tax bill.
 

What do the codes in the Tax Class stand for?

First letter
R – Residential
F – Farm
T – Managed Forest
M – Multi-residential
C – Commercial
I – Industrial
Other letters not noted here - check your MPAC Assessment Notice.
 
Second letter
T – Taxable property
E – Exempt property
Third letter
P – Public school
S – Catholic school
A – French Public school
C – French Catholic school

How often is my property assessed?

MPAC conducts the assessment every 4 years.  MPAC may also decide to conduct an interim assessment.
 

Who sets the tax rates?

Clearview Township’s rate is set by Clearview Township’s Council.  The County rate is set by Simcoe County Council.  The Education tax rate is set by the Province of Ontario.
 

What are Special Charges?

Special Charges are non-property tax charges that are specific to your property.  Special charges cover a range of improvements or services including;
  • Local Improvements

Creemore Sewer upgrade, Schell Farm location upgrades, Stayner Sewer upgrade,

  • Tile Drain loans
For agricultural landowners only who are approved for the loans,
  • Creemore Business Improvement Area levies
For certain businesses located in Creemore only as set out by By-law.

Why does the Final (Prior Year) Levies number show a higher amount than on my prior year’s tax bill?

If your property had a mid-year or year-end change to the assessed value, this figure will be what the prior year’s taxes would have been with the change in assessed value and not what you were actually billed in the prior year.
 

I just set up property tax payments with my bank.  Why did I still get a bill?

There can be a delay between the time that you set up your payment plan with your mortgage lender and when they inform us of the change.  Please contact your mortgage lender and ask them to contact us.
 

I did not receive the Farm Tax Rebate this year.  Why?

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food is responsible for this program.  Please contact them at 1-877-424-1300 or surf their website at www.ontario.ca/farmtax to gain more information about the program.
 

My property is vacant.  Can I get a discount on my taxes?

If you have a commercial or industrial property then the Province has a program which permits a reduction in the property taxes.  You can download the application form from Applications and Forms
The Province does not currently offer a program for vacant residential properties.
 

How does Clearview Township determine the Clearview Township property tax rate?

Clearview Council passes a budget each year.  The budget sets out the amount of funds to be raised from property taxes.  That amount is divided amongst the total taxable assessed value of all eligible properties in Clearview.  The taxable assessed value of each property depends upon its tax multiplier which is set each year by Simcoe County Council which follows guidelines set out by the Province.  In general farm and forested lands pay ¼ of the taxes of a similarly assessed residential property while commercial properties pay a higher rate of taxes of a similarly assessed residential property.  There are minor adjustments for claw-backs, capping, and other property tax adjustments.  More information on the budget is available at www.clearview.ca/home/budget with final details in the annual budget package located in Publications.
 

When is the property tax due date?

The tax due dates are noted on the payment stubs.  There are four property tax due dates and they are generally the 4th business day before the end of March (Interim bill), June (Interim bill), September (Final bill) and November (Final bill).

Can you send me one tax bill for the whole year?

Not at this time.  The Interim property tax bill sent out in March is 50% of the prior year’s taxes.  The current year’s property tax rates are not all set until May.  The Interim property tax bill is sent out in March to ensure that the Township has funds to operate until the final property tax rates are set and the Final property tax bill is mailed in September.  Having four instalments throughout the year also makes it easier for some people to plan the payments instead of paying all of the taxes in one instalment.

Can I choose a different date for the Pre-Authorized Payment plan (PAP)?

Not at this time.  We are evaluating new software that may allow easier flexibility in the future.

Can I appeal my property taxes?

Your property taxes are calculated by multiplying your property’s assessed value by the property tax rates.  You can appeal the assessed value of your property by contacting MPAC at 1-866-296-6722 or www.mpac.ca.  The property tax rate is the same for all properties in the same property tax class.

How do I confirm that the property tax calculation on my Final Tax Bill matches the announced increase?

Starting in 2013 Clearview Township has stated the residential property tax increase as a base percentage plus the percentage increase in your property’s assessed value.  This allows better accuracy over the standard municipal statement of “the average property increases the average rate of X%” wherein every property’s annual change in assessed value is different from the average.
The calculations below allow you to confirm the total tax increase due to the budgeted tax increase and the increase in your property’s assessed value.  The current year’s property tax base percentage increase is 2.00% for 2013.
Any special charges are added separately to the total tax bill and are not factored into the annual property tax increase.

tax calculation

 

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