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Property Taxes

Final installments for the 2016 property taxes are due on June 28th and September 28th, 2016.

Tax Billing & Installment Due Date Notice

The 2016 Final tax bills have been issued for all property owners in Barrie. These bills were mailed between May 27th and June 2nd, 2016. View Full Notice

Pre-Authorized Payments (PAP) Plan

The PAP plan authorizes the City to automatically withdraw funds from the bank account you designate to make tax payments. There is not a surcharge for this method of payment.

Three PAP Plan Options
Monthly
For properties that are NOT in arrears
  • the interim bill (issued in January, and based on 50% of the previous year’s annualized taxes) is divided into 5 equal installments from January to May.
  • the final bill (issued in May) is divided into 5 equal installments from June to October - no interim tax bill will be issued; the final tax bill will indicate the amount of installments from June to October.
  • installments are withdrawn from your bank account on the last business day of each month
  • any additional tax bill during the year will be due on date(s) indicated and must be paid under separate cover.
Due Date
For properties that are NOT in arrears

Withdrawals will be made on the due dates indicated on the interim and final tax bills

Arrears
For properties and businesses who have tax arrears
  • must enter into acceptable payment schedule with Finance staff (705) 739-4230
  • agreed-upon monthly payments will be withdrawn on last working day of each month
  • both interim and final tax bills will be issued
  • penalty/interest will be added based on existing policy
  • once the tax account is paid-to-date, taxpayer will be able to choose either Monthly or Due Date options
PAP Program Frequently Asked Questions
What are the benefits?
  1. No worry about missed due dates
  2. In the event of postal disruption, illness or vacation, your payments will still be made
  3. Monthly plan allows easier budgeting
  4. Savings on postal charges
  5. Once you have enrolled in a plan, you do not have to reapply for subsequent years
How do I join?
  • Complete the Pre- Authorized Payment Application
  • Attach a cheque from the account you wish used for withdrawal purposes.
  • Ensure all signing officers for that account sign the form.
  • Tear off the form and mail it to:

City of Barrie Tax Office
P.O. Box 400
Barrie, ON L4M 4T5

If you have more than one tax address, please complete another form.

May I join during anytime during the year?

YES - Enrolment is permitted throughout the year. If your cheque and application are received by the 15th of the month, your withdrawal can begin at the end of that month.

What if I sell the property?

Notify the Tax Office, in writing, as soon as possible, stating the closing date of the sale. We will insure that deductions stop at the appropriate time. We will require at least ten business days to do so. We do not receive such information from the Assessment Office until four to six months following the transaction.

What if I change bank accounts?

Notify the Tax Office, in writing, as soon as possible and send in a cheque from the new account marked “VOID”. We will require at least ten business days notification to make the necessary adjustments.

What if I miss a payment?

If a transfer is in default due to unavailable funds, the taxpayer will be deleted from the plan and the NSF charge will be added to the tax account. If the payment is brought up to date (including any penalties/fees) by the end of the month, the payment plan will be reinstated.

Is it confidential and safe?

Yes! The City’s bank handles all of the payment transactions. Access to your bank account is limited solely to the withdrawal of the tax payment funds as authorized. Account information of balances and other transactions is not available to the City.

Tax Rebate & Deferral Programs

Charity Tax Rebate Program

In Barrie, charities and similar organizations are eligible for rebates of 40% (or a % prescribed by the Minister of Finance) of their property tax paid if they own or occupy commercial or industrial assessed properties. An annual application must be made after January 1 of the year and no later than the last day of February of the following year by the charity or similar organization in order to qualify for the rebate program.

All relevant tax payment information must accompany the Charity Tax Rebate Form for a rebate to be calculated and granted. For charities and similar organizations that rent their premises, proof of the amount of taxes paid or included in their rent (based on square footage occupied) must be obtained from their landlord. Failure to provide this information with the rebate application may disqualify the organization from a rebate for that year.

Vacancy Rebate Program
For Vacancies in Commercial & Industrial Buildings

The deadline for submitting applications is February 28th of the year following the taxation year to which the application relates. Return completed Vacancy Rebate Application Form to the City of Barrie Revenue Branch, 70 Collier St, PO Box 400, Barrie ON L4M 4T5.

Vacancy Rebate Guidelines

Property Tax Deferral Program
For Low-Income Seniors or Low-Income Persons with Disabilities

The Property Tax Deferral Program is available to any property owner aged 65 or older and/or any individual who is currently receiving benefits under the Ontario Disability Support Program. All property taxes must be paid up to date in order to apply for the program.

Eligible property owners will have their property taxes “frozen” at their base year amount (the year prior to the application.) For example if applying in 2016, the base year taxes are the amount billed and paid in 2015. The tax deferrals are interest free, however, the total deferral amount must be re-paid in full when the property is sold.

If you feel you may qualify for this program, please access and complete the Application for Deferral of Taxes, attach the required proof and send the form to:

City of Barrie Tax Office
P.O. Box 400
Barrie, ON L4M 4T5

A new application must be completed each year to confirm continued eligibility in the program. 2016 Application deadline: August 31, 2016 at 4:30pm.

For more information, please contact the City Monday to Friday between
8:30AM and 4:30PM, (705) 739-4220, ext: 4791.

2016 Tax Rates

Council Motion 16-G-092 established the tax rates to be used in determining the municipal portion of your 2016 property tax bill. The motion also established the tax due dates for the final two installments for all properties.

The rates for the education portion of your property tax bill are determined by the Provincial government and legislated under the Education Act. The portion of your property tax bill relating to education is collected by the municipality on behalf of the Province but is remitted to the public and separate school boards for the Barrie area. No portion of the revenue collected for this purpose is retained by the municipality. The Tax Ratio By-law establishes the tax ratios to be used to determine the relative amount of taxation to be borne by each property class.

The following tax rate schedule is the combined tax rate for both the municipal and education levy for 2016. For residential property taxpayers, the amount of your final tax bill is determined by using your property value assessment and multiplying this by the residential tax rate. The final bill is reduced by the amount that was billed on the interim tax billing. It is important to note that the amount deducted is not the amount paid, only the amount that was billed.

If you missed a payment or were late and assessed a penalty, there will be a notation on your final bill to contact the Tax Office at 705-739-4230 in regards to the arrears on your account. Taxpayers are encouraged to pay their bills by the due date to avoid the 1.25% penalty and interest charge applicable to late payments. We also suggest taxpayers explore the many payment options available to them (see above).

2016 Tax Ratios
Residential/farm property class 1.000000
Multi-residential property class 1.000000
Commercial property class 1.433126
Industrial property class 1.516328
Pipelines property class 1.103939
Farmlands property class 0.250000
Managed Forests property class 0.250000
2016 Capping Threshold Parameters Used
Capping Threshold Parameters Used   Multi-Residential Commercial Industrial
Annualized Tax Limit   10.00% 10.00% 10.00%
Prior Year CVA Tax Limit   5.00% 5.00% 5.00%
CVA Tax Threshold - Increasers   250 250 250
CVA Tax Threshold - Decreasers   250 250 250
Exclude Properties Previously at CVA   Yes Yes Yes
Exclude Properties that go from Capped to Clawed Back   Yes Yes Yes
Exclude Properties that go from Clawed  back to Capped   Yes Yes Yes
 
Decrease Clawback   7.5166% 25.7566% 100.00%
Decrease Retained   92.4834% 74.2434% 0.0000%
Total   100.00% 100.00% 100.00%
 
Tax Adjustment - Increasers   -378 -50,064 --142,815
Tax Adjustment - Decreasers   378   50,064  140,471
Net Class Impact   0 0 -2,344
Overall Levy Change Factor (OLC)   3.2779% 2.8738% 2.1885%

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