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Taxes


PAP Enrollment Vacancy Rebate Application
Property Tax Payment Options Change of Information or Mailing Address
Pre-authorized Payment Plans Property Assessment Information
Tax Rates Commercial & Industrial Capping Parameters
Farm Tax Rebate Program Municipal Levy Changes

 

Tax Bill Due Dates

Interim Taxes for all property classes are due as follows:

  • Total up to $100 due on the last working day of February
  • Total over $100 made in two installments payable on the last working day of February and the last working day of April
Final Taxes for all property classes are due as follows:
  • Total up to $100 due on the last working day of July
  • Total over $100 made in two installments payable on the last working day of July and the last working day of October.

Failure to receive a tax bill does not exempt the property owner from penalty charges. Penalty is charged at the rate of 1.25% per month on the first day of default and the first of each month thereafter. If you have not received your tax bill, contact the Tax Department at extension 301, to check the mailing address the municipality has for you as well as to ascertain the dollar amount due on the due date. The onus is on the ratepayer to keep your mailing address up-to-date.

Town Of Lakeshore Property Tax Payment Options

  • Pre-authorized payment
  • Post-dated cheques.
  • By mail: 419 Notre Dame, Belle River, ON, N0R 1A0
    • To ensure prompt and correct application of your payment to your account, send tax bill stub with your payment.
    • Write your roll number on the front of your cheque.
    • Do not fold, staple, stamp or write on your payment stub.
    • Make cheques payable to the Town of Lakeshore.
  • At most financial institutions.
  • Telephone / Internet banking depending on your financial institution.
  • At the Municipal Office 419 Notre Dame, Belle River

Penalty and Interest charges are calculated at a rate of 1.25% on the first day of each month. Failure to receive a tax bill does not relieve the taxpayer of penalty and interest charges.

 

Pre-authorized Payment Plans

The Town of Lakeshore offers two pre-authorized payment plans to pay your property taxes. Either program is available to customers who are not in arrears.

Instalment Plan
The first program is the Instalment Program. This program will automatically withdraw from your bank account the amount of your tax instalment on the due date.


Monthly Plan
The second program is the Monthly Plan. This plan is based on 10 monthly installments, starting in January and ending in October. At the start of the plan your monthly tax payment will be based on your previous year's taxes plus 5%. This amount will be adjusted once a year after the final tax billing has been calculated to reflect the actual amount of the current year's taxes. The customer will receive notification of the modified payment amount. The monthly payment amount will then remain the same until the beginning of the next year. At the beginning of the new year the monthly payment will again be calculated based on the 5%. And the process continues. This payment plan is only available to those property owners who are not in arrears. The enrolment deadline is December 15 of the year prior to automatic withdrawals being made.


If you are interested in either of these plans, please contact the tax department at extension 301.

 

Change of Ownership or Mailing Address

Change of Information Form

If the property has changed ownership, send the bill to the new owner or return it to the Tax Office, indicating to whom the transfer of title has been made. To prevent misdirected tax bills, please advise the Tax Office in writing of mailing address changes.

Property Assessment Information

Information regarding your assessment can be obtained from the Regional Office for Windsor and Essex County:

Municipal Property Assessment Corporation
1695 Manning Road, Unit 195
Tecumseh, ON N8N 2L9
Telephone: 1- 866-296-6722


AboutMyProperty.ca

AboutMyProperty is a secure, online self-service application that provides property owners with convenient access to property assessment information.  Through this service, you can access property assessment information, site information, lot size and recent sales information on your property and similar neighbourhood properties of interest - free of charge.

www.mpac.ca

Complaints To The Assessment Review Board

You have the right to file a complaint about your assessment to the ARB, an administrative quasi-judicial tribunal of the Province of Ontario. You must use the Notice of Complaint form, and submit it by March 31, with the appropriate attachments and fees to:

Assessment Review Board
250 Yonge St, 29th Floor, Toronto, ON, M5B 2L7

The Notice of Complaint Form, fee schedule and general information about how to file a complaint can be obtained directly at Ontario government information centres, MPAC offices, municipal offices and from the ARB's website at www.arb.gov.on.ca or by calling 1- 800-263-3237
or 416-314-6900
.

Property Tax Rebates for Vacant Commercial and Industrial Buildings

Eligible Properties

To be eligible for a rebate, a whole commercial or industrial building must be unused for at least 90 consecutive days. A partially vacant commercial building must be unused, delineated or physically separated and either capable of being leased for immediate occupation, or undergoing, or in need of repairs or renovations, or unfit for occupation for at least 90 consecutive days. A partially vacant industrial building must be unused and delineated or physically separated from the used portions of the building for 90 consecutive days.

Applications and Processing

Application forms are available from the Town of Lakeshore, Tax Department and when completed are to be returned to the Town of Lakeshore, Tax Department, 419 Notre Dame, Belle River, ON, N0R 1A0.

Deadlines

The deadline to submit applications for a tax year is February 28th of the following year.

If a property owner receives a notice of omitted assessment after a tax year, the deadline to submit an application for a rebate is 90 days after the date of issuance of the notice of omitted assessment.

Note: This information is provided for general reference purposes only.

Vacancy Rebate Application Form


Farm Tax Rebate Program

Farmland Classification


If you are a farmer and your tax bill does not reflect a farm classification, it is likely that you did not file your annual Farm Registration Form with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) prior to the deadline of June 30. 

If you did not file or if you filed the form late, the Assessment Office classifies the property as residential taxable.  The process to correct this oversight can take one full year.  The farm owner must first contact the Farm Rebate office at OMAFRA and discuss with them any changes that may have occurred on the property and the reason why they have not filed.  Farm Rebate will then determine if the property qualifies as a farm and if there is a correction to be made.  Applications will need to be completed.  Farm Rebate will then provide the Assessment Office with any adjustment. 

For assistance, contact the Farm Rebate office by email farmtax@omafra.gov.on.ca or phone 1- 800-469-2285
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Date edited: 11/17/2017