Taxes

Property Taxes

The Property Taxes are made up of three main components: Education Taxes, Grey County Taxes and Municipal Township Taxes. These taxes are used to provide the Township of Chatsworth residents with a variety of services including: road maintenance, snow removal, emergency services, arenas, planning and development, and much more. Property taxes are determined by multiplying the Current Value or “Assessment” of your property by the annual Tax Rate for the property type or “Property Class” plus any applicable special charges.

The Township of Chatsworth issues two tax bills per year; an interim tax bill and a final tax bill. Each of these is split into two payment instalments. The interim tax bill is based on 50% of the prior year’s total tax bill. The interim tax instalment payments are due the end of February and April each year. The final tax bill is calculated using the current year’s tax rates set by council. The interim tax bill is then deducted from the final bill calculation, and then the balance is split into two instalments. The final tax bill instalments are due the end of July and October each year. Non-receipt of your tax bill does not waive any liability for payment of taxes or penalty/interest charged. Arrears are due immediately. Payments are due on the due dates and in the amounts indicated on your tax bill. If taxes are not paid on the due date, a penalty of 1.25% will be charged on the first day of each calendar month until paid in full. The Finance department has no authority to waive penalty or interest for any reason.

If there have been changes to your property assessment due to new construction or property improvements in the current year or the previous two years, you will receive a Supplementary Tax Notice. It will be based on the supplementary or omitted assessment placed on your property by MPAC. The Supplemental Bill is in addition to what may have been previously billed on the property, even if the amounts are not yet due.

MPAC

The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) is a Provincial Crown Corporation responsible for conducting Ontario property assessments.

Contact MPAC:

  • Call: 1-866-296-MPAC (6722)
  • Fax: 1-866-297-6703
  • Write: PO Box 9808, Toronto ON, M1S 5T9
  • Website: mpac.ca

MPAC is legislatively responsible for updating assessments when changes occur to properties and will send the property owner a Property Assessment Notice or Minutes of Settlement advising of the change. MPAC forwards the Assessment changes to the Municipality for processing the adjustment required which is calculated by a SUPPLEMENTARY TAX BILL and forwarded to the property owner.

You may receive a SUPPLEMENTARY TAX BILL to adjust the taxes when there is:

Note:
If your new home or addition is not assessed during the year that it was occupied or completed, or substantially complete, the Assessment Act allows MPAC to assess any new house or addition (that has been omitted from the assessment roll) for the current and any part or all of the two previous years and you will be responsible for the taxes from the effective date.

All properties in Ontario are assessed by MPAC every four years.

To establish your property’s assessed value, MPAC analyzes the property sales in your area. These sales provide the basis for assessed values. MPAC continually collects information about properties to ensure that similar property types are valued consistently within the market area. This method is called Current Value Assessment. It is used by most assessment jurisdictions in Canada and around the world.

For questions about your assessment, please contact MPAC at 1-866-296-6722 or visit www.mpac.ca

Farm Tax Class
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food
Farm Property Class Tax Rate Program
1-800-469-2285

Conservation Land Tax Incentive Program
Ministry of Natural Resources
Conservation Land Tax Incentive Program
1-800-268-8959

Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program
Ministry of Natural Resources
Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program

The Municipal Office must receive legal documentation to change ownership of a property. In most cases this will come from your lawyer or MPAC.

Please fill out our Change of Mailing Address Form to notify our Finance Department that your address has changed.

Tax certificates are available by request at a cost of $85.00. Certificate requests can be mailed to our office or faxed to 519-794-4499.

Payment Options

The Township of Chatsworth has the following payment options:

  • Cash
  • Cheque
  • Debit
  • Internet
  • Telephone banking
  • Pre-authorized payment plan (Property Taxes and Water only)

NOTE:  We do not accept credit cards at this time.

To be sure payment is received in our office by the Due Date, please process your payment at least TWO DAYS PRIOR TO THE DUE DATE TO ALLOW FOR BANK PROCESSING.

Payment to your tax account in the amount of the instalment due is withdrawn from your account on the due date.

The Tax Department will establish a monthly payment amount calculated both in January and again in July with your Final Tax Billing to meet your current taxes due. The December payment will have to be adjusted to include any remaining balance or credit. Payment withdrawal date will be on the 28th of each month.

If you own more than one property, a separate authorization is required for each property.

If you are expecting a value change such as building an addition, or constructing a new home, a separate Supplemental Billing will be generated. Your Monthly Plan amounts may be adjusted to include the additional taxation. All tax amounts billed in the current year have to be paid by December. Please call if you have any questions regarding Supplemental Billings.

If a payment is not met for any reason, you will be subject to a finance charge and applicable penalties.  If any two payments are not met, your enrollment in the preauthorized payment plan will be terminated.  To be removed from the plan, or if banking information changes, notify the Township of Chatsworth Tax Department in writing at least 30 days before the next payment is due.

Complete the Water Preauthorized Payment Form

Regular monthly payments will be debited on the due date each month. The Township of Chatsworth will provide written notice of the amount for the debit in advance of the due date(s).

This authorization is to remain in effect until the Township of Chatsworth has received written notification of its change or termination. This notification must be received in writing at least 30 days prior to the next scheduled debit.

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