Property Tax Fees & Charges
Tax Sale Administration Fee $325
This fee is added to a property tax when the tax sale process is started. It is to offset the costs associated with the tax sale process regarding staff time to deal with extra paperwork in the process, tax sale packages prepared and copied, and increased telephone/fax/email inquiries in regard to the tax sale.
Tax Certificates $53
This fee is for a legal document issued regarding the status of property taxes on a specific property.
New Account Administration Fee $34
The purpose of this fee is to offset the cost incurred in changing ownership records on accounts within the municipality.
Returned Cheque Fee $37
This fee is levied on all returned cheques.
Duplicate Receipts $21
The charge for a duplicate copy of a receipt for taxes paid.
Registered Mail $32
During the collection process every reasonable attempt is made to contact property owners. Frequently Registered Mail is sent to the property owners and the cost of doing so, along with the staff time association with this, is added to the tax roll.
Subsearches of Property $79 plus costs
When there is no response to a final collection notice, a subsearch of the property may be conducted to determined if there are other interested parties that should be contacted about the status of property taxes.
Site Visits $158
As a final attempt to bring the seriousness of overdue property taxes to the attention of a property owner, site visits are undertaken with the cost added to the property tax account. This is only if the property is not indicated as vacant land.
Tax Searches $25/year
Property owners rely upon the municipality to provide them with the details of historical property tax information, frequently requiring staff to seek records within the Records Management System. These requests frequently span a number of years requiring staff to research as much information as possible to ensure accurate information is provided.