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2016 Property Assessment Update for County of Perth Property Owners
Proactive Property Assessment Review
Property taxation is the County’s largest source of revenue. This revenue is used to fund expenditures and capital projects. Increases in municipal responsibilities and decreases in provincial funding have resulted in additional financial pressures on municipalities. To address these pressures, municipalities are increasingly looking at assessment based management to make sure of the accuracy and stability of the assessment base used for property taxation purposes.
The County of Perth, in collaboration with North Perth, Perth South, Perth East and West Perth, will be employing the services of an independent property tax assessment consultant to review property assessments in all member municipalities. The purpose of this review is to make sure that the property taxation system is fair and equitable. This will be done through the analysis of the property assessment roll to identify and correct property values or classifications.
Every property owner in the County of Perth will receive a Property Assessment Notice from the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) updating the value of their property. Your 2016 notice reflects the assessed value and classification (e.g., residential, business, farm) of your property as of January 1, 2016. The assessment will be applied to the 2017-2020 property tax years. Increases in value will be phased in over the next four tax years, while decreases will be introduced immediately in 2017.
The 2016 notices for residential property owners were mailed on May 24, 2016. The notices for all non-residential properties, including farm, business and multi-partition residential, will be mailed to property owners between October 11 - 24. Farm residential property owners will receive their assessment notices at this later date.
To assess your property, MPAC analyzes property sales in your area. This method is called Current Value Assessment. For residential properties, the five main factors that account for the majority of your property's value include location, lot dimension, living area, age of property (adjusted for major renovations/additions) and quality of construction. To learn more about how your property is assessed, watch this MPAC Youtube video: How MPAC Assesses Property
The value of your property assessment does not directly impact the amount of property tax you will pay between 2017-2020. Your taxes are relative to other property owners' reassessed property values. Reassessments affect the way the tax levy is allocated among the various properties and property tax classes in the municipality (e.g., residential, commercial, industrial, farm, and managed forest). To learn more about how your property taxes are calculated, watch this MPAC YouTube video: How Your Property Tax is Calculated
When reviewing your property assessment, confirm the assessed value by considering if you could have sold your property for its assessed value on January 1, 2016. If you feel your assessed value is incorrect, you can appeal your assessment by filing a Request for Reconsideration (RfR) to MPAC. As of 2016, property owners will have 120 days from the Issue Date of their Property Assessment Notice to file an RfR. The deadline to file an RfR will be printed on your Property Assessment Notice. To learn more about the RfR process, watch this MPAC Youtube video: The Request for Reconsideration Process
If you want to learn more about how your property was assessed, see what information MPAC has on file, as well as compare your property to others in your neighbourhood, you can log on to the online self-service application AboutMyProperty.ca.
If you have any other questions about MPAC or your 2016 Property Assessment Notice, you can visit the MPAC website or call MPAC toll free at 1-866-296-6722. You may also contact County staff or your local municipal office staff:
County staff – http://www.perthcounty.ca/staffDirectory
Local municipal staff - http://www.perthcounty.ca/Member_Municipalities