The Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation Property Taxation Law, 2018 and the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation Property Assessment Law, 2018 have been approved by the First Nations Tax Commission (FNTC) on July 12, 2018, and came into force July 13, 2018.

 

The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation will be in the neighbourhood

July 2018

Georgina Island First Nation (GIFN) is implementing property tax by enacting a property tax law and an assessment law under the First Nations Fiscal Management Act, with a four-year transition period starting in 2019. We have engaged the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) as the assessor 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 funded by all Ontario municipalities and they are 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.

From early July to the middle of August, MPAC representatives will be on Georgina, Fox and Snake Islands to conduct onsite property inspections to ensure they have the most current property information to provide quality property assessments. Inspections will take place from Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm.

Once MPAC completes the assessments, you will be mailed a Property Assessment Notice in early September. This Notice will reflect the assessed value of your property as of January 1st, 2016.

We invite you to join us at an Open House tentatively scheduled in September to review the details of your assessment with MPAC representatives. We will confirm the details of the event in an invitation that will be included with your Property Assessment Notice.

If you have questions about your property inspection, please contact MPAC at 1-877-254-4670 or email GIFN@mpac.ca and they will be happy to answer your questions.

For all other property taxation questions, please contact Stephanie BigCanoe, stephanie.bigcanoe@georginaisland.com and (705) 437-1337 ext. 2225 at the band office.

Property Inspections – Frequently Asked Questions

Why is MPAC visiting my property?

The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) is a thirdparty 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 onsite 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.

Can I schedule my property inspection?

MPAC has scheduled a block of time from July to the middle of August to complete the property inspections. If there are concerns about the information collected and a second visit is necessary, MPAC may ask to schedule an inspection with you if time permits.

How will I know it’s an MPAC representative?

MPAC assessors will wear their identification badge which will be presented upon inspection. Theassessors may also arrive in an MPAC marked fleet vehicle.  

What happens after the property inspection?

Once your inspection is complete, MPAC will use the information gathered to determine your property’s new assessment. A Property Assessment Notice will be mailed to you in the fall reflecting the assessed value of your property. GIFN will use the assessment roll for property taxation in 2019.

How do I learn more?

If you have questions about your property inspection, contact MPAC at 1-877-254-4670 or email GIFN@mpac.ca. If you have questions about your assessment, you will have an opportunity to meet with MPAC representatives to review the details of your assessment at an Open House. Details of the event will be mailed with your Property Assessment Notice at the beginning of September.

If you have questions about GIFN property tax administration, contact Stephanie BigCanoe at stephanie.bigcanoe@georginaisland.com or (705) 437-1337 ext. 2225 at the local band office.

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GIFN Property Tax Administration Email Contact List
GIFN Property Tax Administration is looking to compile an email contact list to be able to provide email communications in addition to postal, website, and other communication methods. This list will only be used for property tax administration purposes, and will not be disclosed, sold, or licensed to third parties.

If you would like to be added to the GIFN Property Tax Administration Email Contact List, please send an email with your contact information to stephanie.bigcanoe@georginaisland.com .

 

 

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