Below is a list or frequently asked questions related to Property Taxes.
Need help reading your tax bill? You can reference this: How to read my tax bill
As of the date indicated on the notice there was a past due amount in your tax account.
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.
All properties in Ontario are assessed by MPAC every four years.
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.
For questions about your assessment, please contact MPAC at 1-866-296-6722 or visit www.mpac.ca
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.
First letter – Realty Tax Class
R – Residential
F – Farm
T – Managed Forest
M – Multi-residential
C – Commercial
I – Industrial
E – Exempt
Other letters not noted here - check your MPAC Assessment Notice.
Second letter – Realty Tax Qualifier
T – Taxable
Third letter – School Support Direction
P – Public school
S – Catholic school
A – French Public school
C – French Catholic school
N – No Support
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, Stayner Industrial Servicing, Mowat Street Servicing
- 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.
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.
Farmland Tax Rate - The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food is responsible for this program. Please contact them at 1-800-469-2285
Managed Forest Tax Incentive – The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources is responsible for this program. Please contact them at 1-855-866-3847
Conservation Land Tax Incentive – The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources is responsible for this program. Contact them at 1-800-268-8959
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.
Clearview Township 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.
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.