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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 the Finance Department, 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.

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  • installments are withdrawn from your bank account on the last business day of each month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  • agreed-upon monthly payments will be withdrawn on last working day of each month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.

Alternative Payment Options

Property owners are encouraged to use one of our alternative payment options in order to avoid lineups at the Finance Department 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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