ontario: Changes To Local Political Landscape - Should The Ward System Change To An At Large System? - 04/20/12 02:21 AM
Changes To Local Political Landscape
Local politics in the news lately has been about the election of the Regional Chair by the electorate rather than by Regional Council.  With all the talk about who best represents the electorate taking place there are other areas who are also making changes in their political landscape.
Should The Ward System In Uxbridge Change To An At Large System?
One Council here in Ontario says Yes! An article in the Owen Sound Sun Times, where council has just voted to make this change, will see voters in Chatsworth, Ontario voting for councillors at large rather … (0 comments)

ontario: You and "YOUR" Property Tax Bill - 2012 Interim Tax payments Are Due - 04/14/12 02:58 AM
You and "YOUR" Property Tax Bill - 2012 Interim Tax payments Are Due
April is not my favourite month of the year as I am reminded that three levels of government are constantly dipping deeper into our wallets. Their demands on our resources are increasing constantly despite all they say they are doing to hold the line or reduce our taxes. With interest rates at the low levels they are today the exorbitant rates charged on overdue property taxes is almost usury.

You May Not Get A Personal Reminder From The Tax Office That Your 2012 Property Taxes Are … (3 comments)

ontario: Georgina, Ontario - The Ultimate Slap In The Face - 01/27/12 05:18 PM
The Ultimate Slap In The Face
After a closed door meeting council voted to stick Georgina Taxpayers with the bill for a defamation lawsuit by Mayor Grossi against the former Georgina Leisure services Director John McLean. You can read more about this decision and  Help stop your tax dollars from paying for the lawsuit. There is also an online petition to stop the funding for Mayor Grossi's lawsuit.
An article in the Georgina Advocate indicated Mayor Grossi would donate any funds he receives as a result of his lawsuit to a charity yet to be named.
The irony is he will likely get … (1 comments)

ontario: Uxbridge, Ontario - A Reminder From The Tax Office - Your 2011 Property Taxes Are Due - 09/25/11 10:34 AM
You May Not Get A Personal Reminder From The Tax Office That Your 2011 Property Taxes Are Due
But Failure to pay them on time will result in an immediate penalty of 1.25%.
The last installment of your Uxbridge property taxes are due by Friday September 30th, 2011.

Monthly Payment/Pre-Authorized Payments
Uxbridge offers two different methods or plans for pre-authorized payments. The first is a monthly plan that authorizes the town to take your tax payments in 11 monthly installments directly from your bank account with the first payment being January the 1st and on the 1st of … (1 comments)

ontario: One Voice Can Make A Difference - Have Your Say On The Potential Closing Of 4 Local Play Parks - 04/09/11 05:03 AM
Have Your Say On The Potential Closing Of 4 Local Play Parks
 
Local community parks play a role in every community. They help to define the community.  They are one piece of the pie that is taken under consideration when a potential buyer is looking to purchase a home in the community. They are a place where neighbours get to meet neighbours while their children play in the park. In a community as diverse as Uxbridge local play parks where children have access close to home make a lot of sense.
 
Uxbridge is blessed with many recreational activities for those who want to get involved in … (4 comments)

ontario: $$$$$ Public Sector Salary Disclosures - $$$$$ - 03/31/11 07:55 AM
$$$$$ Public Sector Salary Disclosures - $$$$$
The Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act, 1966 is an act that requires organizations that receive public funding from the Province of Ontario to disclose salaries and taxable benefits for those employees (including; names, positions and salaries) who are paid more than $100,000 in a calendar year.
This includes but is not limited to The Provincial Government, Crown Agiencies, Municipalities, Hospitals, Boards of public Health, School Boards, Universities, Colleges, Hydro One and Ontario Power Generation.
You can Review the List Here
 

 
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ontario: From The Tax Office - Your Taxes Are Due - 02/27/11 08:42 AM
From The Tax Office - Your Taxes Are Due
Property Taxes, Property Assessments, Income Taxes, Taxation and  spendthrift governments. It's that time of year once again when these words start to fill our minds with thoughts of politicians who just do not get it, Politicians who think the taxpayer is an uneducated boob who will simply groan as they are rolled over and their pockets picked by this level or that of our political hierarchy.
The first installment of your Uxbridge property taxes are due by Monday February 28th, 2011.
Failure to pay them on time will result in an … (2 comments)

ontario: You and "YOUR" Property Tax Bill - Your Assessment Notice May Have been In The Mail - 11/13/10 01:35 PM
You and "YOUR" Property Tax Bill
Your Assessment Notice May Have been In The Mail
If you received one then there has been a change in the assessment of your property other than the increase due to the reassessment phase in process.
But I Did Not Get A Notice
Your Assessment will still be going up due to the 4 year phase in of the 2008 re-assessment.
Why Did I Get One
By now you should have received a notice of assessment if any of the following has occurred and MPAC is aware of the change:
the ownership of your … (9 comments)

ontario: You and "YOUR" Property Tax Bill - Local Municipal Elections - Your Only Opportunity To Determine who Spends Them - 09/03/10 04:58 PM
 
You and "YOUR" Property Tax Bill
Local Municipal Elections - Your Only Opportunity To Determine who Spends Them
Local Municipal Councils, Councillors and Mayors are the closest of all politicians to you and I the taxpayer. Generally they are the most responsive to our questions and comments on how they spend our tax dollars.
Local Council Seats
At the moment there is one ward (ward 5) in Uxbridge that has only one candidate registered, the incumbent Gordon Highet. and only the incumbents are registered for both the separate and public school board. trustees seats. (source - Uxbridge Cosmos)  You have until Friday … (0 comments)

ontario: Property Assessment Information Does Not Set The "REAL WORLD" Market Value Of Your Home. - 08/10/10 05:45 AM
 
Property Assessment Information Does Not Set The "REAL WORLD" Market Value Of Your Home.
 
Simply Stated
 
Market Value is set by a Buyer and a Seller, both being aware of all the uses a property can be used for and neither acting under undue pressure.

The Best approach to determine what that may be is by using comparables.
 
 
Comparables
When You put your home on the market you rely on current market comparables provided by your real estate salesperson to set the value. You look at homes that are currently available, recently sold, and ones … (7 comments)

ontario: You and "YOUR" Property Tax Bill - How Much Reserves/Surplus Is Enough - 08/04/10 04:28 PM
You and "YOUR" Property Tax Bill 
According to information in the local paper Uxbridge has an accumulated surplus of over 88.6 Million Dollars. That amounts to over 10 years of current taxes collected from all classes of property. It also represents 6.5 years of total current expenses.
What amount of reserve funds do you usually have, a years income, two years income, more or less. With some people living from pay check to paycheck one has to ask How Much Surplus is enough?
 
Something to think about with this being an election year !
 
 

 
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ontario: Dear REALTOR® - You're fired - We No Longer Need Your Services - You Have Been Replaced By A Computer Program - 08/04/10 12:33 PM
Dear REALTOR® - You're fired - We No Longer Need Your Services
 
You Have Been Replaced By A Computer Program
I had occasion to attend TREB Quest (a local real estate trade show) back in May of this year and was struck by something the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) was rolling out. It was a report that provided a real time market value for assessment purposes of a given property.  
The computer Program behind the report analyzes all the sales data that is continuously fed into it, it  massages the data and applies who knows what all … (6 comments)

ontario: Moving To Uxbridge - 04/21/10 02:44 AM
Moving To Uxbridge
Are you contemplating a move to Uxbridge, Ontario?
In addition to her regular Uxbridge, Ontario Information and Real Estate posts Kathy Clulow  is doing a series of posts on Moving to Uxbridge. The series to date provides information about employment opportunities, the arts and entertainment world in Uxbridge, the compassionate and caring hearts of the residents, some history and heritage information, and some of the sporting activities available.
To learn more about Uxbridge, Ontario check out Kathy's blog one of her web sites or her listing web site
 
Moving to Uxbridge, Ontario - The Series to date … (2 comments)

ontario: Uxbridge, Ontario Is Celebrating The Earth on April 22nd 2010 - 04/17/10 03:23 AM
Uxbridge, Ontario Is Celebrating The Earth on April 22nd 2010
 
Uxbridge is throwing a party, a Candlelight Party, to celebrate April 22nd 2010, from 4 until 10pm
Sponsored by the Uxbridge Chamber of Commerce with local merchants' and farmers' offering green products, services and practices. There will be lots of green activities for the family. Enjoy the entertainment, food and much more.
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ontario: You And Your Property Tax Bill - Elected Officials VS Apointed Officials - 03/29/10 09:49 AM
You And Your Property Tax Bill -Elected Officials VS Apointed Officials
What is wrong with this picture
Uxbridge residents, or their counterparts in the other areas of Durham Region get to elect all but one of the people who sit on their Local and Regional Council.
Currently The Regional Chair is not elected by the people yet this person gets to vote on your behalf.
Should the most powerful position on Regional Council not have to face the voters? For my money he should be accountble to the electorate in the same manner as every other member of council. The Region is … (3 comments)

ontario: You And Your Property Tax Bill - The Illusion and The Reality - 03/14/10 01:23 AM
You And Your Property Tax Bill - The Illusion and The Reality
 
 

 
For many the process of appealing your property assessment is as convoluted as this picture. Many people think that they are appealing their property tax bill when they arrive at an appeal. They do not realize that it is in fact their assessment that they have to appeal.
In a post How Property Assessment in Ontario is Calculated based on the explanation of how your property assessment is calculated by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) Ty Lacroix provides some insight into the assessment process … (16 comments)

ontario: You And Your Property Tax Bill - Help For Your Appeal - 03/03/10 10:54 AM
You And Your Property Tax Bill - Help For Your Appeal
For those who are unhappy with their Property Assessment and are looking for some help here is some information on how some companies charge for the appeal process.
The information Below is posted here for informational purposes only.
This is not an endorsement of the company, I handle my own appeals and therefore have never used or consulted with or for this company.
This is just one of the companies out there that will file on your behalf with various methods of payment.
 
 
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ontario: You and "YOUR" Property Tax Bill - The Cost Of Education -Who Should Pay - 02/25/10 07:47 AM
In My post You and "YOUR" Property Tax Bill - Assessment Appeal Causes Inequities In Taxation
Pam McInnes  of Waterloo asked
I've also always wondered why, just because you own a home, you have to pay for the school system - pick public, separate, or french immersion, but whether you have children or not you pay into it because you are a homeowner?
 
I agree school support should not come from property taxes.
We need to educate our young people today so they will be productive contributing members of society tomorrow. We also need to present an equality in the education … (8 comments)

ontario: You and "YOUR" Property Tax Bill - Inequities In Taxation - A Matter Of Fairness - 02/23/10 08:04 AM
Inequities In Taxation - A Matter Of Fairness
 
In my last post You and "YOUR" Property Tax Bill - Assessment Appeal Causes Inequities In Taxation I spoke of an inequity that was caused by an appeal.
This post is about some inequities caused by the process. Looking at two hypothetical almost identical homes built by the same builder at the same time one in an urban setting the other in a rural setting.
Both homes are 3000 sq ft, 4 bedroom bungalows. They both have a family room, fire place and double car garage. The only real difference is one … (11 comments)

ontario: You and "YOUR" Property Tax Bill - Assessment Appeal Causes Inequities In Taxation - 02/21/10 07:02 AM
You and "YOUR" Property Tax Bill - Assessment Appeal Causes Inequities Taxation
An earlier post on assessment, You and "YOUR" Property Tax Bill - Environmental Impacts On Property Assessments, discussed a successful appeal that reduced a properties assessment by 50%..
I applaud Paul Thompson for sticking to his guns and being successful in reducing his assessment based on an environmental issue under the current system (I would have done the same thing). His success however points out a very big issue that I have with our current system of assessment. The inequity in the resulting taxes paid based on that … (5 comments)