Property Taxes

Property Taxes

Find information below regarding property taxes for the Town of Minto.

Assessment Information

The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) is responsible for placing a value on all properties in Ontario.  For property assessment information, ratepayers may contact the MPAC at 1 866 296-6722 or online at MPAC.

Assessment value increases from the valuation date and are phased over the subsequent over the four year period. Assessment decreases are effective immediately and are not phased in.

Property owners who do not agree with the assessment of their property can ask the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) to review their assessment through the Request for Reconsideration (RFR) process. There is no charge for this service. Before filing an RfR you may contact MPAC toll free at 1 866 292-6722 to review the information on file for your property to ensure it is correct and up-to-date. You may also review your property information at mpac.ca under “AboutMyProperty”. Your user ID and password for AboutMyProperty was included on your Property Assessment Notice from MPAC. A number of other services, reports, and information are also available through this website, including the ability to compare your property to other properties within the town.

Request for Reconsideration (RFR) is the mandatory first step in appealing your assessment for residential, farm, and managed forest properties or for any property which has a split assessment including a portion of residential, farm, or managed forest assessment. An RFR can be submitted any time after notices are mailed and on or before March 31st of the taxation year for which the assessment applies.

For properties in the Commercial, Industrial, or Multi-Residential tax class, property owners may choose to submit an RFR or file an appeal directly with the Assessment Review Board (ARB). Regardless of which method is chosen, the RFR or appeal must be filed on or before March 31st of the taxation year for which the assessment applies. There is a fee to file an appeal with the ARB.

RFR’s may be completed online using AboutMyProperty at mpac.ca. Paper applications may also be submitted – forms are available from the MPAC website or at the Municipal Office.

About My Propery
Click on the following links to view videos containing more information about your assessment and services provided by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC):

How MPAC Assesses Property

How Your Property Tax is Calculated

Welcome to AboutMyProperty™

What if I don’t agree with my Assessment? – The Request for Reconsideration Process


What is a Supplementary Tax bill?

A supplementary tax bill is a bill issued by the Town of Minto and reflects any assessment added due to additions or improvements made to a property.

Owners of new construction, residential or commercial, will receive a land only tax bill until such time as the "bricks and mortar" are assessed.  Following assessment the supplementary tax bill will be issued and is effective from the date of occupancy.

It can take up to three years for a property to be assessed.  Supplementary billings can occur anytime during the year and taxes for three years could be billed all within the same year and come due at the same time.  For this reason, you are encouraged to start setting aside funds immediately following your purchase for the future supplementary tax bills.  Supplementary tax bills are to be paid separately as they are not included in the pre-authorized payment plans.

In an effort to avoid a delay you can also phone the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) at 1 866 296-6722 to request an inspection of your property

When you receive your Property Assessment Notice, review it. No further action is required on your part unless you have questions or you disagree with your assessed value and/or classification.  Property owners who have received an Amended Property Notice should review the notice for the appeal deadline and the process to file an appeal.

 

Tax Reduction & Rebates

The County of Wellington has approved a tax reduction program for qualified low-income seniors and disabled residential class property owners. A Vacancy Rebate Program for Commercial and Industrial properties continues in 2013. A program to rebate a portion of taxes for charities or similar non-profit organizations that occupy commercial or industrial property has been approved by the County of Wellington.

Charity Rebate

If you are a registered Charitable or Non-Profit Organization under the provisions of the Canada Income Tax Act subsection 248 (1) and own or lease space in a commercial and/or industrial building, you may be eligible for a rebate in property taxes for the current taxation year.

Charitable Rebate Application Form

Vacancy Rebate

The application for rebate of property taxes for vacancies in commercial and industrial buildings is due by February 28th of the year following the taxation year to which the application relates.

Vacancy Rebate Application Form

Low Income Seniors and Low Income Disabled Persons Rebate

If you are a low income senior or low income disabled person you may be eligible for a tax rebate.  Application for tax relief must be made annually to establish eligibility or continued eligibility and should be directed to the local municipal office in which the property is located.  Applications must be received by November 1st of the taxation year in which the relief is being requested.

To be eligible a low income senior must have attained the age of 65 years and be in receipt of benefits under the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) program. 

To be eligible a low-income disabled person must be in receipt of benefits under the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).  If you do not receive ODSP, you may still qualify for tax relief.  Eligibility may be determined on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the County of Wellington.

Low-Income Seniors and Low-Income Disabled Persons Application Form

Tax Rates

The property tax rates on this site are provided as a convenience to ratepayers and the Town does not guarantee the accuracy of this information. Properties in the commercial, industrial and multi-residential property classes may be subject to capping adjustments.

2018 Tax Rates

Due Dates for Property Taxes

The interim tax bills will be mailed at the beginning of March and will be payable in two installments:

  • last week of March
  • last week of May

Final tax bills will be mailed at the beginning of September and will be payable in two installments:

  • last week of September
  • last week of November

Failure to receive a tax bill does not relieve the taxpayer from payment of taxes nor from liability of penalty for late payment.  The Municipality is not responsible for taxpayers paying taxes on wrong properties.  If a tax bill for the wrong property is received, return it to the Municipal Office immediately.  If the property has been sold, give the bill to the new owner.  If a mortgage company makes payments on your behalf forward the tax bill to them.  You are responsible for payment of property tax if the mortgage company shown on the bill no longer applies.  Contact the Town of Minto if there is a change in mortgage information.

Penalty & Interest

To avoid penalty and interest charges payment must be received in our office on or before the due date.

A penalty for late payment of 1.25% per month is added the 1st day of each month. Taxes in arrears after December 31st will be subject to monthly interest charges until paid.  Payments on accounts are applied first toward all outstanding interest and penalty, then to the oldest outstanding taxes. There is no authority to waive penalty and interest charges.

Other Fees

The Town of Minto charges the following fees:

  • Arrears Notice Fee - $5.00
  • NSF/Returned Payments - $40.00
  • Tax Certificates - $30.00
  • Zoning Compliance Letter - $50.00

What if there is a change in ownership or mailing address?

If the property has changed ownership, send the tax bill to the new owner or return to the Tax Office, indicating to whom the transfer of title has been made. To prevent misdirected tax bills, please advise the Tax Office in writing of mailing address changes. Failure to receive a tax bill could still result in penalty and interest charges of 1.25% per month applied to unpaid accounts.

Please send address changes to the Town of Minto 5941 Hwy 89, RR 1, Harriston ON N0G 1Z0 or by fax to 519 338-2005. Please quote the property address and roll number on all correspondence.

Change in Ownership Form

Paying Taxes

The Town of Minto offers six convenient payment options:

Pre-authorized Payment Plans

Pre-authorized payment plans offer the following benefits:

  • No cheques to write
  • Saves on postage
  • No worries about overdue payments
  • No line-ups at municipal office

There are two pre-authorized payment plan options:

  • 12 Month Plan (January to December)
  • Installment Plan (4 times per year - dates and amounts are specified on the property tax bill)

Complete one of our Pre-authorized Payment Plan Application Forms, attach a cheque marked "VOID", and mail or drop off at our office located at 5941 Hwy 89 Harriston.

Monthly PAP Application Form

Please contact the Municipal Office for monthly amount at 519-338-2511.

Installment PAP Application Form 

By Mail

Town of Minto
5941 Hwy 89
RR 1, Harriston, ON N0G 1Z0

The taxpayer assumes responsibility for the late arrival of payment in this office. A penalty will be charged if payment is received after the due date.  Please make cheques payable to the Town of Minto and include remittance portion only with payment.

By Telephone or Internet Banking

  • Use your roll number located at the top of your tax bill starting with 2341 as your account number for electronic payments.  Having trouble setting up your electronic account?  Contact your banking institution or call our office @ 519-338-2511. 

In Person

  • You may pay in person Monday to Friday, between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm (excluding statutory holidays) at 5941 Hwy 89, Harriston.  Bring your entire tax bill with you. You may pay by cheque, cash or debit card. 
  • An after hour’s courtesy mail slot is located at the front of the Municipal Office to the right side of the Council Chambers door.

Financial Institutions

  • The Town of Minto bills can be paid at most financial institutions as long as payments are accompanied with an original bill on or before due dates.

Credit Cards

  • Payments by credit will now be accepted for taxes.  These payments may only be made online through the municipal web-site.  Please click on Residents, epost, and make an ePayment. This will take you to the eCommerce page where you may register for this service and make a payment.  A convenience charge per transaction will apply as this service is administered through PayPal.

E-Billing Tax Bills

Go paperless – sign up to receive a digital version of your tax bill directly to your email address. Once you sign up, you will no longer receive a paper copy in the mail. All future bills will be sent directly to your email.

Please remember:

  • You are responsible to re-submit the online form if there is a change in email address.
  • Failure to receive an invoice does not excuse you from payment and any applicable interest.

If you do not receive your bill, please check your junk mail folder and add us to your safe list

To sign up for eBilling, fill out the  E-Billing Enrollment Form

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