Finance and Property Tax
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The Finance Department manages municipal taxation, accounting services, operating and capital budgets, capital asset management plans and coordination of technological support across Municipal departments.
The Finance Department communicates budget and taxation related information to Council and the general public and is responsible for reporting financial benchmarks and performance measurements. Residents of the Municipality of Dysart et al enjoy the lowest municipal property tax rate in the County of Haliburton.
Municipal Property Taxes
Annual taxes are calculated by multiplying the assessed value of your property by the Municipality’s current tax rate. The tax rate is made up of a Municipal portion that funds Dysart et al expenses, a County portion that funds County of Haliburton expenses and an Education portion which is set by the Province of Ontario. The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) determines the assessed value of each property. There are links and documents in the sidebar related to MPAC.
TAX BILLS are mailed out twice a year, with two (2) instalments each, for payment in March and April, July and September. Late payments are penalized on the first of each month at the rate of 1.25% per month on the outstanding principal amount. The Tax Collector has no authority to waive penalty or interest charges on late payments. Payment must be received at the Municipal Office on or before the due date.
PAYMENT METHODS: We have multiple payment options available to help you pay your property taxes on time. All payments must be made in Canadian Funds only.
- At the Municipal Office – Cash, Debit or Cheque (current or post-dated). If paying by cheque please ensure you write your roll number on the cheque. There is also a drop slot to the left of the main office door for after hours payment drop off.
- Pre-authorized payment plans -The enrollment form can be found in the document list to the right. Your property tax account must be current and up to date to enroll in our Due Date or 10 Month plan. The completed form and void cheque or bank PAD form can be returned to the office in person or by mail, fax or scan/email to firstname.lastname@example.org. To cancel a pap plan we require written notice 15 days prior to the next scheduled payment withdrawal.
- Telephone/Online Banking – Done through your bank, search the payee listing for “Dysart” or “Dysart Taxes”. The ‘account number’ that you enter, is your 15 digit roll number listed on your blue tax bill. If paying for multiple properties, please enter each payment separately using the distinct account numbers. As a reminder, you should make your payment at least 2 days before the due date as your payment is posted to your account the day the funds hit our bank NOT the day you register the payment.
ADDRESS CHANGES: Property owners are responsible to provide the Municipal office written notice of any mailing address changes. If you have not received your tax bill, please get in touch with the Municipal Office to confirm that we have your correct civic mailing address on file. To change your address, print and complete the Address Change Form on the sidebar. This form can be submitted in person, by mail, fax or by email, but it is imperative that the form be signed by the property owner in order to be processed. Pictures of your written notice is not acceptable. Failure to receive your tax bill does not exempt penalty charges from being incurred.
The Tax Certificate fee is $50. Mail your written request and cheque made payable to the Municipality of Dysart et al to our office. The Statement of Account fee is $10 and can be obtained by the owner in person or by written request with payment.
Budget and Reporting
The Treasurer is responsible for coordinating the overall budget process with active support of departmental managers and Council. Throughout the year, the Treasurer provides regular financial reports to, and receives input from, senior staff, Committees and Council for the purpose of monitoring expenditures within the various budget areas.
As a member of the senior administrative team, the Treasurer plays a vital role in the management of special projects by sourcing and allocating funds needed and by ensuring accurate financial reporting to funding bodies as milestones are reached.
A copy of the 2020 Budget and Tax Rate Summary can be found in the side bar, while an illustration of the allocation of the 2020 property taxes is shown in the pie chart. The municipal allocation provides for all of the services and projects that can be found within these pages.
Some of these special projects are funded in part by a steadily declining pool of grants for things such as infrastructure improvements, local initiatives that support economic development and community capacity building. The Municipality actively monitors for local, provincial and federal opportunities to leverage our limited resources by proactively planning, creating partnerships and joining collaborative efforts with the goal of creating more effective programs and services.