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Property Tax Payment Options

The City encourages property owners to join the Pre-Authorized Payments Plan for a convenient, worry-free and secure way to pay property taxes. Or, to avoid lineups at Service Barrie, use one of the alternative payment options.

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.  Additional charges that fall outside of the regular tax installment schedule such as supplementary and or omitted property tax bills can not be paid through this program.  If you do not pay these additional charges separately, you will be removed from the program and returned to the regular tax installment due dates.

Important Information:

  • All taxes must be paid in full prior to enrollment.
  • Financial Institution/banking informaiton is not printed on the bills.
  • The application date will be the date received, if not indicated.
  • Line of Credit accounts, credit card accounts or foreign fund accounts cannot be used.
  • Supplementary/Omitted tax bills and statements or other charges cannot be paid through this program.
  • You must complete, sign and return the PAP Plan Application to register.  Incomplete forms will be returned to applicant.
  • Once enrolled, you will receive an email notification of your acceptance to the PAP Program.  You should continue to pay your taxes through your regular payment method until you receive confirmation of enrollment.

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  • installments are withdrawn from your bank account on the last business day of each month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 Revenue staff (705) 726-4242
  • 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 PAP Plan Application PAP Plan Application.pdf
  • Attach a cheque from the account you wish used for withdrawal purposes.
  • Ensure all signing officers for that account sign the form.
  • Scan and email it to financeadmin@barrie.ca
  • or print and  mail to:

City of Barrie - Revenue
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. PAP Plan Application.pdf

What if I sell the property?

Notify Service Barrie, in writing, as soon as possible, stating the closing date of the sale. We will ensure that deductions stop at the appropriate time. We will require at least fifteen days to do so. PAP Cancellation Form.pdf

What if I change bank accounts?

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

What if I miss a payment?

Subscribers to the pre-authorized payment plan, who have two non-negotiable item's, will be removed from the plan.  The balance of the taxes will become due on the regular due dates and subject to penalties and interest at a rate of 1.25% on the first day of each month payment is delayed.  If any of your pre-authorized payments do not clear through your financial institution, the City of Barrie will apply an administrative fee and penalty/interest.

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.

Alternative Payment Options

Property owners are encouraged to use one of our alternative payment options in order to avoid lineups at the Service Barrie during this busy period:

  • Telebanking, internet banking
    Your 19-digit roll number, found on your tax bill, is your account number.
  • Payment at any financial institution
  • Drop boxes located at City Hall
    Front entrance at 70 Collier St or entrance at back parking lot
  • Mailing in a post-dated cheque
    Service Barrie, Barrie City Hall, 70 Collier St
    P.O. Box 400, Barrie, ON, L4M 4T5

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