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Property Taxes

Under Property Taxes

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Written on December 17th, 2019

Deadlines and penalties

Important dates for 2019

DateWhat’s due?Penalty for missed date
July 2Property tax paymentHome owner grant applicationProperty tax deferment applicationAdditional 5%
August 1Tax and Utility Prepayment Plan (PAWS) deductions start 
September 3Last day to pay for 2019 property tax and annual utility paymentsAdditional 5%
September 30Tax sale date 
December 31Any balance for 2019 still outstanding after today will be moved into arrearsDaily interest on balance

What happens if you do not pay your property taxes on time

Unpaid tax balances will be placed in arrears at the end of the calendar year. If the balance continues to be unpaid at the end of the following calendar year, your account will be considered delinquent.

Late payments are subject to 5% penalties, and accounts in arrears or delinquent are subject to daily interest charges. There is also a risk that your property will be sold at auction to recover taxes owing.

Example late fees, interest, and other penalties

Here is an example of how an unpaid balance would be handled, based on a 2019 tax bill:

Your 2019 tax bill is not paid by the first working day in July, 2019We charge a 5% late penalty
Your 2019 tax bill plus 5% late penalty is not paid by the first working day in September, 2019We charge a second 5% late penalty
Your 2019 tax bill plus late penalties is not paid by December 31, 2019We move your balance to arrears on January 1, 2020 and begin charging daily interest
Your 2019 tax bill, late penalties, and interest accrued during 2020 is not paid by December 31, 2020We consider your balance delinquent on January 1, 2021 and continue charging daily interest
Your 2019 tax bill, late penalties, plus interest accrued during 2020 and 2021 is not paid by the last Monday in September, 2021Your property would be sold at a tax sale in late September of 2021 to recover the outstanding tax balance and any interest

How to avoid paying penalties, interest, or fees

To avoid interest charges and fees on late payments, be sure that, by the due date, you:

  • Pay your taxes
  • Claim your home owner grant (if eligible)
  • Submit your completed new or renewal tax deferment applications along with your utilities payment to the District office

Fees for returned cheques

Cheques rejected by your financial institution for any reason are considered non-payment of taxes and are subject to applicable penalties and interest charges. In addition, the District will charge an administrative fee for each rejected payment.

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