2014 FINAL TAX BILL 

 

The due dates for the 2014 Final Tax Bill for all properties are: 

Friday, August 29th and Friday, October 31st   

 

Payment can be made at the Municipal Office in Cobden, by mail and at the ScotiaBank in Beachburg, Cobden or Pembroke.  We accept post-dated cheques and Debit Cards.  Other payment options available include pre-authorized payment plans arranged with the Township and Internet/telephone payment arranged with your bank.  We also have a drop-off box located at the main entrance to the Municipal Office in Cobden. 

 

2014 tax rates and schedules are available here
 

PROPERTY TAX

 

The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) is responsible for placing a value on all properties in Ontario. Property taxes are calculated by multiplying a tax rate, as set by the Council of the Township of Whitewater Region, by the property's assess value.
 

 

Payment can be made at the Municipal Office in Cobden, by mail and at the ScotiaBank in Beachburg, Cobden or Pembroke.  We accept post-dated cheques and Debit Cards.  Other payment options available include pre-authorized payment plans arranged with the Township and Internet/telephone payment arranged with your bank. 

Again this year remember that any outstanding amount shown on your tax bill is valid only until the end of the month (i.e. June 30th, 2011).  Additional penalty (1.25%) will be added on unpaid taxes on the first day of each calendar month.

If the property you own is under construction, being renovated or is a newly constructed building, you may not be fully assessed. If the work was not completed by, or the new building was not picked up on the assessment roll by January 1st, you will be issued a supplementary tax bill. This bill will be issued upon receipt of the necessary assessment information from the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation and may be payable in less than two instalments.

If you have recently purchased a home and have not received a tax notice prior to the above due dates, please contact the Tax Office at (613-646-2282.)

To avoid penalty, payments should be received in the Township Office before close of business (4:00PM) on the due dates.

Payment Options:

  • Payments can be made during office hours at the Municipal Office located at 44 Main Street in Cobden.
  • Payments can be mailed to the Township of Whitewater Region, PO Box 40, Cobden ON K0J 1K0. Please include the payment stub with your cheque and make your cheque payable to "Township of Whitewater Region". Post-dated cheques are accepted.
  • Internet/telephone payments may be made. Contact your bank for details.
  • Payments can be made at the Bank of Nova Scotia in Cobden, Beachburg and Pembroke.
  • The Township now offers pre-authorized tax payments plans (PAP).

 

PRE-AUTHORIZED PAYMENT PLANS

The Township of Whitewater Region offers payment plans for the due date and for monthly payments.

Due Date – On each due date the tax installment amount will be automatically withdrawn from your bank account.

Monthly – On the 20th of each month (or the next business day) a pre-determined amount will be automatically withdrawn from your bank account.

Benefits of Choosing a PAP Plan:

  • No more worries about missing due dates or incurring late payment charges.
  • Monthly payments allow for easier budgeting.
  • Save on postage and transportation costs.

In the event that your taxes are not current, automatic payment plans may be customized to bring accounts up to date.  Some restrictions may apply.

Application forms may be obtained by contacting the Township of Whitewater Region, PO Box 40, Cobden ON  K0J 1K0 at (613) 646-2282, email nmoore@whitewaterregion.ca or click on the link below to obtain a copy of the form

 

Tax Rebate - Vacant Commercial and Industrial Buildings

Commercial and industrial buildings with vacant areas may be eligible for a tax rebate based on the following:

  • the entire building of a whole commercial or industrial building must be unused for at least 90 consecutive days
  • a portion of an industrial building must be unused for at least 90 consecutive days and be clearly delineated or physically separated from the used portions of the building
  • a suite or unit within a commercial building must be unused for at least 90 consecutive days and be clearly delineated or physically separated from the used portions of the building and either be capable of being leased for immediate occupation or be not capable of being leased for immediate occupation because it was undergoing or in need of repairs or renovations or was unfit for occupation.

Rebate amounts depend on the number of days of vacancy and the portion of the assessment of the building not occupied. In general, the amount of the rebate for commercial properties is 30% of the fully occupied taxes. The amount of the rebate for industrial properties is 35% of the fully occupied taxes.

The deadline to submit a Vacancy Rebate Application for a tax year is February 28 of the following year. The completed application should be returned to the Township of Whitewater Region, PO Box 40, Cobden ON K0J 1K0. The property owners may submit a maximum of two applications per property per year either in the form of one application to cover all vacancies that occurred on a property during the entire tax year or in the form of two applications, one that covers vacancies that occurred during the first six months of the year and a second that covers vacancies that occurred during the last six months of the year.

There is an appeal process available if the property owner disagrees with the amount of rebate calculated. An appeal must be submitted in writing with the appropriate fee within 120 days after receiving notification of the rebate amount to the Assessment Review Board (ARB). The property owner may also appeal to the ARB if the municipality does not process a rebate application within 120 days after the deadline for submitting applications or within 120 days after the owner has provided all the information required in support of the application, whichever date is later.