Budget and Tax Facts
|2013 Total Budget
|2013 Total Tax Levy
|2013 County Waste Charge
||Included in County Levy
|2013 Tax Levy Increase = 5.0% Less Growth 2.0%
|2013 Water/Sewer Operations Budget
|2013 Water/Sewer Capital Expansion Budget
The allocation for spending of the 2013 total budget of $13,640,685 is as follows:
2013 Full Budget
2013 Summary Final Budget
2013 Capital Project Financing
2013 Gross Expenditures
2012 Gross Expenditures
2011 Gross Expenditures
2010 Gross Expenditures
2009 Gross Expenditures
2008 Gross Expenditures
2007 Gross Expenditures
Tax Bills are issued twice each year generally in early March and early September. Each bill has two instalments to be paid on or before the due date shown.
Calculation of Taxes
Your property taxes are determined by multiplying the Current Value Assessment of your property by the annual Tax Rate for the Property Class. The 2013 Total Tax Rates for each property class in Essa are shown below. These tax rates include Township, County and Education Taxes. Business Improvement Area Tax Rate is added to these rates and applied to specific properties (see 2013 Special Area Rates).
Current Value Assessment X Total Tax Rate/property class = Total Property Taxes
Total Billed = Total Property Taxes plus the County Waste Charge
2013 TAX RATES
MUNICIPAL / COUNTY / EDUCATION
| PROPERTY CLASS
||TOTAL TAX RATE
| Residential / Farm
| Commercial Occupied
| Commercial Vacant
| Industrial Occupied
| Industrial Vacant
2013 SPECIAL AREA RATES
BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT AREA
If you do not agree with the Current Value Assessment placed on your property, please contact the Assessment Office at 1-866-296-6722. For further information on assessment, visit MPAC's web site.
Payment of Taxes
Tax payments may be made by debit machine, mailed or delivered to the Essa Administration Centre. After hours a drop box is available at the lower level entrance.
Tax payments are also accepted at certain financial institutions (service charges may apply). The Township also offers direct methods of payment such as pay-by-phone with a number of financial institutions and pre-authorized payment plans. For further information call the Tax Clerk or the Tax Collector.
Tax Bills are issued to the assessed property owner. Failure to receive a tax bill does not excuse an owner from payment, nor relieve him/her from any late penalty. If you have not received a bill, have not paid your taxes or need additional information on payment arrangements, contact the Tax Collector.
What is a Pre-Authorized Payment Plan?
If you have any type of bank account with withdrawal privileges, you can take advantage of this system. An authorization certificate must be filled in and returned with a cheque marked "VOID". This will allow the Township to automatically withdraw your tax payments from your bank account on a monthly or due date basis depending on the option selected.
Download the Tax Payment Options Form.
What are the benefits?
The Pre-authorized Payment Plan will:
- Allow you to make smaller, more regular payments on your property taxes
- Eliminate writing, stamping and mailing cheques
- Eliminate the time, effort and cost of making payments at our office or local bank
- Avoid keeping track of due dates and the potential for missing payments
- Avoid the risk of lost cheques or mail delays
- Avoid interest charges associated with the above
How does the Plan work?
In order to accommodate as many taxpayers as possible, we are offering three different options under the Pre-authorized Payment Plan.
|Option 1 - Equal monthly payments for current taxes
This option is available to taxpayers who have no arrears. Ten percent (10%) of your previous year's taxes will be withdrawn each of the first ten months - January to October. If there is an increase in the tax rate or adjustment for the current year, the balance will be withdrawn in November. There will be no payment in December. A letter will be sent in January of the current year to indicate what the 10 monthly payments for the coming year will be. Interim bills are issued for information purposes. When the final tax bill is issued in September, it will indicate what the total year's taxes are and the current balance as at the date of billing.
|Option 2 - Payments on the regular due dates
This option is for taxpayers who have no arrears and wish to continue to pay the four tax instalments but have them paid directly out of their bank account. The interim tax bill and final tax bill will still be issued to you so you will know the instalment amounts and the due date for the automatic payments to be withdrawn.
|Option 3 - Monthly Payment of Arrears
This option is available to taxpayers who have arrears on their tax account. In order to implement this option you must contact the Treasurer, or Tax Collector to discuss your level of arrears. The monthly amount to be paid must be at a level that will pay your account in a reasonable amount of time. Consequently the amount must be agreed upon by both parties to ensure funds will be available and the account does get paid. Interest will still be calculated on outstanding amounts. Once the tax account is paid in full, then you would be able to choose Option 1 or Option 2.
Please contact the Tax Department if you need further information.