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Property taxes form a very significant portion of the Revenues of the Township of Algonquin Highlands and are required to ensure that staff are able to provide the services and projects directed by Council through the budget process.

INTERIM TAX BILLING:  This is the first tax bill that a resident receives in a given year.  It is calculated based on 50% of the previous year’s Final Tax Billing.  This billing is issued in February with installments generally due in March and May.

FINAL TAX BILLING:  This is the second tax bill that a resident receives in a given year.  It is calculated based on the completed Township Budget and respective tax rates as well as the tax rates provided by the County of Haliburton and the Province of Ontario for education.  The Final Tax Billing calculates all required amounts, less the amounts previously billed on the Interim Tax Billing.  This bill is issued in June with installments generally due in July and September.

When you receive your property tax billing from the Township of Algonquin Highlands, it is significant to note that the Township is collecting taxes for the County of Haliburton, Provincial Education and the Township.  The Township is obligated to disburse the required funds to the Province and the County regardless of whether or not the Township has received payment for the same.  For this reason we are proactive in attempting to get our property tax accounts receivable as current as possible at all times.

SUPPLEMENTARY TAX BILLING AND OMITS
A supplementary tax billing represents an adjustment to a previous tax bill that reflects any additions or improvements made to a property that were not previously assessed by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC).  Similarly, when MPAC has omitted or failed to include a property, the newly included item must be assessed.  When MPAC has completed their assessment, they advise the Township of the same, and we prepare a supplementary tax billing that reflects the change in assessed value.  This process is not immediate but can occur at any time and assessment changes can be retroactive up to 3 years.  When this occurs, the entire billed amount is due as the respective time frame is in the past – residents are encourage to begin setting aside funds to cover these billings when they occur. 

Payment Options

  • Telephone Banking
  • Internet Banking
  • Your Financial Institution
  • Pre-Authorized Payment Plan
  • Mail
  • In Person – Cash, Debit or Money Order

Telephone & Internet Banking
When using telephone or internet banking, “Algonquin Highlands Tax” is the payee and the 19 digit roll number (or part) on your tax bill will become your account number.  In some instances the bank will require you to remove the first four digits “4621” which signifies the Township and others may to remove the last four digits “0000.”  It is important to note that you must enter a separate roll number and amount for each property that you own so that payments are allocated correctly.

Pre-Authorized Payment Plan
To enroll in the Pre-Authorized Payment Plan you must complete the appropriate form found under documents and return it to the office with a void cheque no later than 15 days prior to the date you want the payment withdrawal process to begin.  This process allows you, the taxpayer, to authorize the Township to withdraw the installment amount due from your bank account on the due date (ie. Four times annually).  

By Mail
Cheques and money orders should be made payable to “Township of Algonquin Highlands”. Post-dated cheques are accepted.

In Person
Residents can make a payment in person at the main office at 1123 North Shore Road, Algonquin Highlands.  In addition, there is a drop box at the North Shore Road office for after-hours, and payments may be dropped off in the mail slot or at the Dorset Community Centre.  We are able to accept cash, cheques or money orders.  Interact/debit card payments can be made in person at the main office location only.

Property Tax Arrears

If your property tax payments are falling behind, please contact our office to discuss how we can help.  Penalty and interest charges of 1.25% (15% per annum) will be added on the first day of each month of all taxes that have not been paid by the due date.  All outstanding penalty and interest charges are paid first from any payments received and the remaining amount is applied to the oldest outstanding balance first.  Penalty/interest charges cannot be waived.

Other Charges

  • Payment returned from the bank - $45.00 each
  • Requirement to transfer a tax credit/overpayment - $20.00 each
  • Refund an overpayment - $20.00 each
  • Tax Billing History Report - $15.00 per year
  • Tax Certificate (usually requested by lawyer when selling) - $50.00

Property Assessment

All property assessment valuations are completed by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC).  These values cannot be changed by the Township so if you have questions or concerns regarding your property assessment, please contact MPAC directly at 1-866-296-6722 or visit their website at www.mpac.ca.

Moved? Changed your mailing address?

It is the property owner’s responsibility to inform the Township of any changes of mailing address. To prevent misdirected tax bills, please advise us in writing of any changes as soon as possible. A change of address form is available in the documents section below.  Please be aware, failure to receive a tax bill does not relieve you from payment of taxes nor from liability of penalty for late payment.

Contact Information

Sarah Hutson
Tax Administrator
Phone: 705-489-2379
E-mail: shutson@algonquinhighlands.ca
Mail:  1123 North Shore Road, Algonquin Highlands, ON  K0M 1J1

Documents

2014 Tax Rates
2015 Tax Rates
2016 Tax Rates
2017 Tax Rates
2018 Tax Rates
2019 Tax Rates
Change of Address Form
Pre-Authorized Payment Plan - Information and Authorization Agreement Form