Draft Taxpayer Representation Policy and Workshop

The objectives of the draft taxpayer representation policy include 1) starting discussions around communications expectations and how we are going to work together 2) developing a workplan for the annual budget and rates and expenditure law process 3) responding to the Snake Island Cottagers Association request for a Taxpayer Representation (TR) law 4) identifying a process to interact with Georgina Island cottagers and 5) supporting transparency and predictability in the property tax process.

The  draft taxpayer representation policy has three main sections

  1. ongoing communication;
  2. the process for the Annual Local Revenue Budgets, Annual Rates Laws and Annual Expenditure Laws; and
  3. coordination of taxpayer interests, which is about taxpayer associations and the advisory body to the tax administrator.

If you get a chance to review the draft, we are accepting email comments, until September 21st, and we will also be workshopping the draft and comments received at the Georgina Island Community Centre on September 21st at 10am-12pm, with anyone interested in attending.

Link to Draft Taxpayer Representation Policy
Link to Taxpayer Representation Policy FAQs

Property Assessment Notices

The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) recently completed property assessments for the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation (GIFN) and is currently mailing out Property Assessment Notices.

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.

Preliminary Assessment Roll

“This document is a draft, contains preliminary data and is provided for information only.  It is not the certified assessment roll and should not be relied upon as such.  MPAC reserves the right to amend any of the information contained in this document prior to delivering the certified assessment roll as required by the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation Property Assessment Law, 2018.”Link to GIFN Preliminary Roll

Property Assessment Open Houses:

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

Address Updates

To notify us of any changes to your address, please complete and submit the Change of Address Form. (Link to Change of Address Form).

Failure to receive your property tax bill does not mean you do not have to pay property taxes. You are responsible for any amounts that come due and any penalty and interest charged on these amounts.

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.

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.

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).

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 .

GIFN Property Tax and Assessment Laws

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. GIFN laws are also available on the First Nations Gazette web site www.fng.ca .

Introduction to GIFN Property Tax

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.

GIFN Property Tax Administration Calendar – Key Dates

  • September 9, 2018 – Property Assessment Open House for Snake and Fox Islands Tax District
  • September 15, 2018 – Property Assessment Open House for Georgina Islands Tax District
  • October 1, 2018 – Deadline for Requests for Reconsideration
  • October, 2018 – Development of Preliminary Annual Rates and Expenditure Laws for 2019
  • December 14, 2018 – Deadline for Assessment Appeals
  • January 1 to December 31, 2019 – First year of GIFN property tax and local services
  • March 1, 2019 – Interim property tax notices mailed
  • April 1, 2019 – Interim property tax payment due
  • May 14, 2019 – Chief and Council enact annual rates and expenditure laws
  • May 30, 2019 – FNTC law review and approval of annual laws
  • June 30, 2019 – Final property tax notice mailed
  • August 1, 2019 – Final property tax payment due

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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