Finance and Property Tax
The Finance Department manages municipal taxation, accounting services, operating and capital budgets, capital asset management plans and coordination of technological support across Township departments.
The Finance Department communicates budget and taxation related information to Council and the general public and is responsible for reporting financial benchmarks and performance measurements. Residents of the Municipality of Dysart et al enjoy the lowest municipal property tax rate in the County of Haliburton.
Municipal Property Taxes
Annual taxes are calculated by multiplying the assessed value of your property by the Municipality’s current tax rate. The tax rate is made up of a Municipal portion that funds Dysart et al expenses, a County portion that funds County of Haliburton expenses and an Education portion which is set by the Province of Ontario. The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) determines the assessed value of each property. There are links and documents in the sidebar related to MPAC.
Check your tax installment dates. The Tax Collector has no authority to waive penalty or interest charges on late payments. Payment must be received at the Township Office on or before the due date. Refer to your Tax Bill for directions as well as the rate for Penalty and Interest charges.
There are a variety of payment options available including post dated cheques; telephone or internet banking; debit or pre-authorized payments. If you are paying through online banking, the ‘account number’ that you enter, is the 15 digits that follows the first four digits of “4624”. If paying for multiple properties, please enter each payment separately using the distinct account numbers.
ADDRESS CHANGES: Canada Post no longer delivers to rural route addresses. The Municipality has received a large volume of returned tax bills due to incorrect mailing address. If you have not received your tax bill, please get in touch with the Municipal Office to confirm that we have your correct civic mailing address on file. To change your address, print and complete the Address Change Form on the sidebar. This form can be submitted in person, by mail, fax or by email, but it is imperative that the form be signed by the property owner in order to be processed.
Budget and Reporting
The Treasurer is responsible for coordinating the overall budget process with active support of departmental managers and Council. Throughout the year, the Treasurer provides regular financial reports to, and receives input from, senior staff, Committees and Council for the purpose of monitoring expenditures within the various budget areas.
As a member of the senior adminstrative team, the Treasurer plays a vital role in the management of special projects by sourcing and allocating funds needed and by ensuring accurate financial reporting to funding bodies as milestones are reached.
A copy of the 2016 Budget and Tax Rate Summary can be found in the side bar, while an illustration of the allocation of the 2016 property taxes is shown in the pie chart. The 39.9% municipal allocation provides for all of the services and projects that can be found within these pages.
Some of these special projects are funded in part by a steadily declining pool of grants for things such as infrastructure improvements, local initiatives that support economic development and community capacity building. The Municipality actively monitors for local, provincial and federal opportunities to leverage our limited resources by proactively planning, creating partnerships and joining collaborative efforts with the goal of creating more effective programs and services.