Property Tax Administration

 

Property Assessment Notices

The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) completed property assessments for the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation (GIFN) in August 2018. Property Assessment Notices were mailed out in August, 2018, and Amended Assessment Notices were mailed out in October, 2018.

MPAC is contracted by GIFN to conduct property assessments in accordance with our assessment law and Ontario property assessment rules and procedures. MPAC is an independent, not-for-profit corporation responsible for assessing and classifying more than five million properties across the province. MPAC’s assessors are trained experts in the field of valuation and apply appraisal industry standards and best practices. If you have questions about your property assessment, you may contact MPAC at 1 877 254-4670 or email GIFN@mpac.ca.

Amended Assessment Roll

Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation Amended Assessment Roll 2018 for 2019 Property Tax as of Feb. 12, 2019(link)

Property Assessment Open Houses:

GIFN invites you to an Open House to review the details of your property assessment with MPAC assessors.

Request for Reconsideration:

If you disagree with the assessed value, classification, or tax status of the property, or if there is an error or omission on your Property Assessment Notice, you have the option to file a Request for Reconsideration (RfR) with MPAC, free of charge.

The deadline for filing a RfR is October 1, 2018 or as indicated on your amended assessment notice.

If you have questions about the RfR process, you may contact MPAC at 1 877 254-4670 or email GIFN@mpac.ca.

Assessment Appeals

Under the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation Property Assessment Law, 2018, Assessment Appeals are managed and heard by the Georgina Island Assessment Review Board. More information about the Georgina Island Assessment Review Board and the Assessment Appeals process, including Notice of Appeal forms, are available on the Georgina Island Assessment Review Board web page ( GIFN Assessment Review Board).

The deadline for filing a Notice of Appeal is December 14, 2018, or as indicated on your amended assessment notice.

Property Inspections – Frequently Asked Questions

Why is MPAC visiting my property?

The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) is a third–party assessor contracted by Georgina Island First Nation (GIFN) to provide property assessments for every taxable property on the reserve. Property inspections are an important part of the assessment process and must be conducted to gather the information needed to determine your property’s assessed value.

What does a property inspection involve?

During an on–site property inspection, an assessor from MPAC will review site and structure information. This may include the topography of the land, waterfront shoreline, measuring all structures on the property and taking photographs for reference.  An assessor will inquire about interior details such as the number of bathrooms, quality of finishes, fireplaces and any other special features. If necessary, an assessor may request an interior inspection to confirm certain interior structural information.

What if I don’t want MPAC to inspect my property?

While we understand you may have reservations about MPAC inspecting your property, the inspections are important to obtain the applicable data elements needed to assess your property. If you refuse access, MPAC will be required to estimate certain components for completing the assessment.

To learn more about the property inspection process, please click here (Georgina Island  Brochure)

Calculating Property Taxes

Property taxes are calculated by multiplying the assessed value of your property by the property tax rate.

GIFN property tax rates are established each year in the GIFN annual rates law. There will be a four year transition period to allow taxpayers time to adjust from the $750 annual service fee to assessment based property tax. Details of the transition plan for each tax district are included in the GIFN property tax law.

Property Tax Administrator

If you have questions about GIFN property tax administration, contact Stephanie BigCanoe at stephanie.bigcanoe@georginaisland.com or (705) 437-1337 at the GIFN band office.

External Links

First Nations Tax Commission www.fntc.ca
First Nations Gazette www.fng.ca

 

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