Dufferin County sets its budget annually, and its Tax Levy is divided over, and collected through, its Member municipalities (the "members"). The members are responsible for sending out tax bills, which are used to collect both the member’s own local property taxes AND the County’s taxes.
The share of County taxes for each member is based on the MPAC assessed values of all properties located in the member’s geographic area, just as your taxes are based on the assessed value of your property. The members send to the County its tax amount in four equal payments during the year.
MPAC updates its assessed values every 4 years. In 2012, these values are being updated for the first time since 2008. The new 2012 values will begin to be used by municipalities in 2013 for setting the 2013 taxes. In the Fall of 2012, you will be receiving from MPAC a Notice telling you what your property’s new assessed value is. The Notice will tell you how to contact MPAC (not the County or the local municipality) if you have questions.
The County has a few other responsibilities around setting Taxation Policy. The County looks after the annual Tax Capping Exercise, which affects a small number of non-residential properties, the Tax Rebate Program for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities, and setting the annual Tax Ratios. Ratios are the way that the total tax burden is split among various property types. The Residential Ratio is fixed at 1.0, then Ratios for other property types are set in proportion to Residential, based on tax policy adopted by the County. For example, the Commercial Ratio is 1.22, so a Commercial property pays $1.22 for every $1.00 that a Residential property would pay, on its assessed value. The County may make minor changes to its Ratios, but Ratios must be kept within limits that are set by the Province.
TAX RELIEF FOR LOW-INCOME SENIORS & LOW-INCOME PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES.
The Council of the Corporation of the County of Dufferin has passed a by-law providing for relief of a portion of property tax increases on property in the residential/farm property class for owners (or spouses or same-sex partners of owners) who are low-income seniors or low-income persons with disabilities.
The application shall be made annually prior to November 30 of the year in which the tax increase relates.
PLEASE NOTE: Applications cannot be processed before receipt of your final tax bill. Please include a copy of your final tax bill with this application.
A person is eligible for the purpose of this by-law if at the time of making the application they are:
- 65 years of age or older and eligible for or in receipt of the guaranteed income supplement as outlined in the Old Age Security Act.
- Eligible for or in receipt of an allowance, benefits or income support as a disabled person or as a person with a disability as outlined in the Family Benefits Act or the Ontario Disability Support Program Act.
- A person who has owned real property within the County of Dufferin for at least one year immediately preceding the date of the application.
If you feel you meet the above criteria and would benefit from this program, we encourage you to complete the PDF application (click here) and forward it along with a copy of your final tax bill to the attention of The Treasurer at the following address:
Dufferin County Treasury
55 Zina Street, Orangeville ON L9W 1E5
T: 519.941.2816 ext.2804