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Finance and Taxes

Budget and Finance

The municipal budget is a policy and planning document that sets the Town's priorities and level of service. In setting the annual budget, and thereby arriving at the municipal tax rate, the Town determines all anticipated expenses, deducts the revenue it expects to receive, and arrives at an amount to be raised from property taxation. This amount is divided by total property assessment to arrive at a property tax rate.

2019 Approved Budget

Notice of Publication of Financial Statements

Asset Management

Asset Management is the process of collecting a variety of data and information regarding the Town's assets and infrastructure, and using all of that data and information to make the best long term decisions in regards to building, operating, maintaining, renewing, replacing, and disposing of those assets.

Asset Management Plan

Asset Management Policy

Property Taxes

View your property tax bill on-line!

View/Pay Property Tax eBills
You will be required to provide your property's roll number and account PIN located on your tax bill to create an account.

Assessment Information
The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) is responsible for placing a value on all properties in Ontario. For property assessment information, ratepayers may contact the MPAC office at 1-866-296-6722 or online using the following link: www.mpac.ca
How do I pay my property tax bill?

The Town of Goderich offers five convenient payment options:

Pre-authorized Payment Plans
There are three pre-authorized payment plan options:

  1. 11 Month Plan (January to November inclusive)
  2. Due Date Installment Plan (4 payments per year)
  3. 11 Month Plan for Properties in Arrears

Fill out the pre-authorized payment authorization form and submit it to the tax department if you would like to sign up for pre-authorized payments.

  1. At a Bank
    Taxes may be paid at any branch of a chartered bank or financial institution in the Town of Goderich. Verify with your financial institution. A service charge by them may apply.
  2. By Mail
    Town of Goderich
    57 West St.
    Goderich, ON N7A 2K5

    The taxpayer assumes responsibility for the late arrival of payment in this office. A penalty will be charged if payment is received after the due date. Please make cheques payable to The Town of Goderich and include remittance portion only with payment. If you require your tax bill to be stamped paid, please include the entire bill and a self-addressed stamped envelope.
  3. By Telephone or Internet Banking
    Check with your financial institution to register for telephone or internet banking.
  4. In Person
    You may pay in person Monday to Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. (excluding statutory holidays) at 57 West St. in Goderich. You may pay by cheque, cash or debit card.
Tax Rates

The property tax rates on this site are provided as a convenience to ratepayers and the Town does not guarantee the accuracy of this information. These rates do not include garbage fees, etc. As well, properties in the commercial, industrial and multi-residential property classes may be subject to capping adjustments.

2019 Tax Rates

 

Due Dates

The 2019 Interim tax bills will be mailed out by the end of February and will be payable in two installments:

  • March 29, 2019
  • June 28, 2019

The 2019 Final tax bills will be mailed out by mid August and are payable in two installments: 

  • September 30, 2019
  • November 29, 2019

Failure to receive a tax bill does not relieve the taxpayer from payment of taxes nor from liability of penalty for late payment. The Municipality is not responsible for taxpayers paying taxes on wrong properties. If a tax bill for the wrong property is received, return it to the Town Hall immediately. If the property has been sold, if possible, please give the bill to the new owner or return it to Town Hall.

Penalties and Interest

To avoid penalty and interest charges payment must be received in our office on or before the due date.

There shall be imposed on all taxes a penalty for non-payment or late payment of taxes in default of the installment dates set out below. The penalty shall be one and one-quarter percent (1 ¼%) of the amount in default on the first day of default. There shall be imposed interest charges on all taxes due and unpaid according to the installment dates outlined below. The interest charges shall be one and one-quarter percent (1 ¼%) of the amount in default on the first day of each calendar month during which default continues. Interest shall be calculated as simple interest and not accumulative.

Other Fees

The Town of Goderich charges the following fees:

  • Returned cheques: $25.00
  • Tax Certificates: $50.00
  • Zoning Certificates: $50.00
What if there is a change in ownership or mailing address?

If the property has changed ownership, send the tax bill to the new owner or return to the Tax Office, indicating to whom the transfer of title has been made. To prevent misdirected tax bills, please advise the Tax Office in writing of mailing address changes. Failure to receive a tax bill could still result in penalty and interest charges of 1.25% per month applied to unpaid accounts.

Please address changes to The Town of Goderich at 57 West Street, Goderich, Ontario, N7A 2K5 or by fax to 519-524-7209. Please quote the property address and roll number on all correspondence.

What is a supplementary tax bill?

A supplementary tax bill is a bill issued by the Town of Goderich and reflects any additions or improvements made to a property.

Owners of new construction, residential or commercial, will receive a land only tax bill until such time as the "bricks and mortar" are assessed. Following assessment the supplementary tax bill will be issued and is effective from the date of occupancy.

It can take up to three years for a property to be assessed. Supplementary billings can occur anytime during the year and taxes for three years could be billed all within the same year and come due at the same time. For this reason, you are encouraged to start setting aside funds immediately following your purchase for the future supplementary tax bills. Supplementary tax bills are to be paid separately as they are not included in the pre-authorized payment plans.

In an effort to avoid a delay you can also phone the MPAC office at 1-866-296-6722 to request an inspection of your property.

Charity Rebate

If you are a registered Charitable or Non Profit Organization under the provisions of the Canada Income Tax Act subsection 248(1) and own or lease space in a commercial and/or industrial building, you may be eligible for a rebate in property taxes for the current taxation year.

Charitable Rebate Application Form

Vacancy Rebate

The application for rebate of property taxes for vacancies in commercial and industrial buildings is due by February 28th of the year following the taxation year to which the application relates.

 Notice of Phase Out - Vacant Unit Rebate Program

 Eligible applicants will receive:

 For the 2018 taxation year – 20% rebate; and

 For the 2019 taxation year – 10% rebate; and

 For the 2020 taxation year – 0% end of program

 

Vacancy Rebate Application Form

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Goderich Town Hall: 57 West Street, Goderich, ON N7A 2K5, Phone: 519-524-8344, Email: townhall@goderich.ca
Tourism Goderich: Phone: 519-524-6600, Toll-Free: 1-800-280-7637, Email: tourism@goderich.ca

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