Property taxes are a significant revenue source for the Town of Essex. They cover the cost of the wide variety of services we provide to our residents, including maintenance of roads, recreational facilities and programs, winter control, sidewalk maintenance, fire and police services, just to name a few.
A property tax notice is issued two times per year as follows:
- Interim Tax Notice with two installments due the last business day of February and April
- Final Tax Notice issued in late June or early July with two installments due the last business day of July and October
The Town also issues supplementary tax notices throughout the year to capture changes in assessment resulting from property improvements or additions not yet reflected in your current tax bill.
Tax rates are calculated and set annually as part of the annual budget process. The tax rates for 2016 are found in the schedule to By-law 1507.
How can I pay my taxes?
The Town offers several convenient methods to pay property taxes:
- Pre-authorized payment plan (apply using the Pre-Authorized Debit Agreement for Property Taxes Enrollment Form);
- Online and telephone banking;
- Drop boxes located at 44 King Street East, Harrow (in front of the Harrow Police Station) and 33 Talbot Street South, Essex; and
- In person at Town Hall, 33 Talbot Street South, Essex.
How do I find out more about my property assessment?
The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) is responsible for classifying your property and assessing its value.
If you have questions about your 2016 residential property assessment, visit aboutmyproperty.ca or call 1-866-296-MPAC (6722) or 1-877-889-MPAC (6722). You can also write to MPAC at: Municipal Property Assessment Corporation, PO Box 9808, Toronto, Ontario M1S 5T9.
If your residential property assessment went up even though your home flooded, you may wish to attach the following letter to your Request for Reconsideration.
If you feel your assessed value and/or property classification is not correct, MPAC will review it, free of charge. You can do this by filing a Request for Reconsideration on aboutmyproperty.ca. You can also write a letter to MPAC requesting reconsideration. You have 120 days from the issue date on your property assessment notice to file a free Request for Reconsideration. The deadline date for Essex properties is December 6.
How do I request an adjustment of taxes?
To request an adjustment of taxes you will need to complete the following form as provided by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation:
Reasons to file a request for an adjustment of taxes include:
- Commercial to residential class change
- Building razed or damaged by fire
- Demolition of buildings
- Overcharged or manifest error
- Property status change to exempt
- Sickness or poverty