Understanding Your Tax Bill

Who pays tax?

All property owners are obligated to pay taxes to the Town. Tax bills are issued to cover the costs of Town, OPP, County, and Educational services. Property owners must pay tax even if they don't use all the services provided.

The Town generally issues two tax bills each year – an Interim Tax Bill and a Final Tax Bill. However, if your property is newly constructed or physical changes have been made to your property, you may receive additional omitted and supplementary bills that can be retroactive for the current year and the past two years.

What does my tax bill show me?

Final Tax Bills issued by the Town contain the following information:

  • The name(s) of the property owner
  • Assessed value and tax class assigned by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC)
  • Roll number and legal description of the property
  • Breakdown of the tax bill payable to the Town, OPP, County, and School Boards
  • Account balance at the time the tax bill is produced (except on omitted and supplementary bills)
  • Amount of each tax installment and the date on which each is payable

What is an Interim Tax Bill?

The Interim Tax Bill, issued annually at the beginning of January, is for the first half of the year’s taxes. The amount levied is based on half of the property taxes for the previous year.  Interim Tax Bills have two installment dates and show any outstanding or credit account balance at the time of billing. They are payable on or about February 28 and April 30.

What is a Final Tax Bill?

The Final Tax Bill, issued annually in July, is for the second half of the year and is based on the annual tax rate approved by the Town for that year. The bill is calculated by using the assessment value assigned to your property for the year, and applying the new tax rate determined by the Annual Budget adopted by Council for the Town, OPP, County and School Board services (minus the Interim Taxes that were billed for the first half of the year).

Final Bills have two installment dates and show any outstanding or credit account balance at the time of billing. They are payable on or about July 31 and September 30.

What are supplementary and omitted bills?

Supplementary and Omitted Tax Bills, issued throughout the year, are issued to owners of newly constructed properties or properties that have had physical alterations made that were not reflected on the Interim and Final Bills. Generally, Supplementary Bills refer to the current tax year and Omitted Bills refer to previous years. You may receive three to four bills at different times throughout the year, depending on when the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) provides assessment information to the town.

Supplementary and Omitted Tax Bills may have one or two installment dates that is shown on the bill, and do not reflect any previous account balance at the time of billing.

How do I pay my tax bill?

Interim and Final Bills can be paid using one of the Town’s convenient payment methods. Click here for information on how to pay your tax bills.

Please note that Supplementary and Omitted Tax Bills cannot be paid using the pre-authorized payment programs but all other methods are accepted.