Although the Town of Perth collects taxes for all properties within its boundaries, the Total Tax Rate applicable in the Town of Perth is actually made up of three different Tax Rates, each raised for a different entity, being the Town of Perth, the County of Lanark, and the Boards of Education. These independently calculated Tax Rates combine to make up your Total Tax Rate. This Total Tax Rate is multiplied by your property's assessment to determine how much your annual taxes will be. Tax Rates are not usually determined until late spring because of the timing of the budgeting process of the three entities involved.
For a five year summary of Historical Total Tax Rates, click here.
Note that 2006 was a 'normal' reassessment year, while 2009 was a phased-in reassessment year, such that general increases in the Town's assessment base due to reassessment to current market value (2006) or 25% phase-in of reassessment to current market value (2009) resulted in an offsetting tax rate decrease.
For a five year breakdown of the Total Tax Rate by each taxing entity, click here.
The Town of Perth holds a Public Information Night in the Fall of each year. Presentations are typically made by each taxing entity (Town of Perth, County of Lanark, Boards of Education) as well as MPAC (Municipal Property Assessment Corporation), who provides assessment information for all properties in Ontario. Copies of presentations are available by clicking here.
Note that the development of the Budget Estimates ('the Budget') determines the required annual tax levy. The development of the Budget is typically completed over the winter months at Regular and/or Special Committee of the Whole and Council meetings, by way of Global and Departmental Budget Presentations as well as a concluding Budget Deliberation process. These meetings are open to the public, with the schedule of these meetings typically published in the Fall of each year (see Budget section of website).
Note that Supplemental Taxation for in-year changes to your property (new construction, renovations, demolitions, tax class and tax qualifier changes, assessment appeals, errors and ommissions, etc) occurs independently of the regular annual taxation cycles. For timing and payment details for Supplemental Taxation, please contact the Tax Department of the Town of Perth.
Click here for a copy of a Change Request Form.