The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) is responsible for determining a value on all properties in Ontario. You may contact MPAC at 1-866-296-6722 or online at www.mpac.ca
Methods Of Payment
By Mail to:
Township of North Dumfries
1171 Greenfield Rd, RR 4
Cambridge ON N1R 5S5
All payments must be postmarked by the due date or will be considered late and a penalty charge will be applied. Please make cheques payable to the Township of North Dumfries and include the remittance stub with your payment.
By Telephone or Internet Banking
Check with your financial institution to register for telephone or internet banking. Use your property roll number when asked for your account number (all 19 digits are required).
Payment by cheque or cash only is accepted in the Tax Department at the Township Office, 1171 Greenfield Road, during our regular office hours 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding statutory holidays. Please bring your entire tax bill with you for receipting purposes.
After hours you may use the mail slot in the exit door at the east end of the building to drop off your payment (cheques only).
Please Note: We will accept cheques postdated for the instalment due dates, however once submitted they will not be pulled/returned.
AYR BRANCH ONLY, on or before the due date.
By Pre-Authorized Payment
The Township offers both monthly or due date pre-authorized payment plans. Monthly (12) payments are withdrawn on the first business day of each month with the amounts calculated to start each year and recalculated when the final billing has been issued. The Due Date plan payments are withdrawn on the usual four instalment dates. Please phone the Tax Office for application deadlines and requirements and refer to information on the link below.
Rules and Information Form
The property tax rates do not include area rates, local improvement charges and other charges billed with taxes which may apply. Properties in the Commercial, Industrial and Multi-Residential classes may be subject to capping adjustments.
Property Tax Rates:
Due Dates for Property Taxes
Tax bills for all properties are issued twice yearly. The interim billing is issued in late January and is based on approximately half of the previous year's total taxes. The due dates are the first business days of March and May. The final billing is issued in late July and levies the total taxes for the calendar year (assessment x tax rate), plus any special area rates and/or local improvement charges, less the interim amount already billed. The due dates are the first business days of September and November.
Failure to receive a tax bill does not relieve the taxpayer from the responsibility for payment, nor from the liability for interest charged. If you receive a tax bill in error, please return it to the Tax Office immediately.
A penalty of one and one quarter percent (1.25%) will be added to any late or unpaid balance following a due date and on the first day of each month thereafter. Taxes in arrears after December 31st will be subject to monthly interest charges until paid. Payments received on accounts are applied first toward any outstanding penalty/interest charges, then toward the oldest outstanding taxes.
Returned cheques - $30.00
Tax certificates - $40.00
Changes to Ownership or Mailing Address
If you have received a tax bill for a property that you have recently sold, please note "Return to Sender - Property Sold" on the envelope and send it back to the Township Office. It usually takes four to six weeks from the date of a sale until the Tax Department receives the necessary paperwork to change the ownership on our files.
If you wish to change your mailing address, we require the request in writing, dated and signed. Please include the property address and roll number on all correspondence.
Supplementary Tax Billings
A supplementary tax bill will be issued by the Township to reflect the increase in assessed value of your property due to an improvement such as an addition, garage, pool, etc. If you purchased a newly constructed residence or building, the taxes would have previously been based on the assessed value of the land (lot) only and the supplementary would be for the value of the structure. The value of the improvement is assessed by MPAC and will back date to the date of occupancy or completion up to a maximum of three years. Please be aware that supplementary bills are not on the same billing timetable as our usual billing and the lump sum can be payable in only one instalment.
Assessment appeals should be made directly with MPAC through their "Request for Reconsideration" application. Please note that the deadline to appeal is March 31st.
Contact MPAC at 866-296-6722 or electronically at www.mpac.ca If you are successful in reducing the property's assessment, adjustments to the tax account cannot be processed until after the final billing has been completed.
Commercial and Industrial Vacancies - Under section 364 of the Municipal Act, the Vacant Unit Rebate Program provides tax relief to property owners of commercial/industrial buildings if they have a continuous vacancy for more than 90 days. Completed applications must be received at the Township office by February 28th of the following year.
Vacancy Rebate Application Form
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