Property assessments for the 2022 and 2023 property tax years will continue to be based on January 1, 2016 current values. This means your property assessment remains the same as it was for the 2021 tax year, unless there have been changes to your property, for example:
- A change to your property including an addition, new construction, or renovation.
- A structure on your property was assessed for the first time
- A change to your property’s classification
- A property no longer qualifies as farmland, conservation land or managed forests
- All or part of your property no longer qualifies to be tax exempt
More information can be found at www.mpac.ca
Once the annual budgets (Municipality of Hastings Highlands, Hastings County and Hastings School Boards) are completed, the annual tax rates are then compiled and applied to the property assessments, as set out in the Provincial Regulations which require the County (Upper Tier) to establish any required tax policies; and which determines the property owner’s taxes for the current year.
Please click on the links below for more detailed information on the Municipality’s tax information.
Tax Certificates are $65 and Zoning Compliance Letters are $100 (no tax) Subject to change in 2021
To request a Tax Certificate please complete the following form:
Municipal Tax Billing 2023
Interim Tax Bills are Mailed out in February 2023 (if you haven’t received your interim tax bill by the 2nd week of March, please contact the office).
- 1st Installment are due March 21, 2023
- 2nd Installment are due May 23, 2023
Final Tax Bills are Mailed Out in July 2023 (if you haven’t received your final tax bill by the 2nd week of August, please contact the office).
- 3rd Installments are due August 22, 2023
- 4th Installment are due October 24, 2023
-Tax Bills are payable on their due dates.
-Interim Taxes (March & May) are based on 50 % of last year’s Taxes.
-Final Taxes (August & October) are based on current MPAC Assessment & Current Municipal, County, and Education Tax Rates
All ratepayers who are on Pre-authorized Payment Plan have monthly payment amounts change in January for the first six months and will have in July for the next six months. No notification is given prior to the payment amount changing in any given year.
For Your Convenience
We are pleased to offer the following payment alternatives:
Pre-Authorized Payment Plan
Please complete and remit a copy of the Municipality’s Preauthorized Payment Plan Form.
Cash, Cheque & Debit
After hours you can drop your cheque in the drop off box located to the left side of the front entrance of the Municipal Office.
**we do not accept cheques drawn from U.S. banks**
Online Payments Through A Recognized Financial Institution
Set up “Municipality of Hastings Highlands”, or your bank may have us set up as “Hastings Highlands Taxes” as a PAYEE, then use your Roll # as your Account #
Credit Card Payments
Can be made online through My Account – we are not able to accept credit card payments at the office.
For on-line payments please use My Account.
This can be to look at a current property tax bill or to set up e-billing.
Tax payments and Accounts Receivable payments can also be processed through your account.
New Accounts Receivable Payment Options
Assessment Resource Guide for Residents
Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC)
As a property owner in Ontario, you’ll receive a Property Assessment Notice in the mail from MPAC every four years updating the value of your property. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ontario government has postponed the 2020 Assessment Update. They have indicated that property assessments for the 2021 property tax year will continue to be based on the fully phased-in January 1, 2016 current values. This means your property assessment for the 2021 property tax year will be the same as the 2020 tax year, unless there have been changes to your property. MPAC’s Website: www.mpac.ca
Property Assessment Change Notices (PACNs)
MPAC periodically sends PACNs to property owners when there is a change in a property (such as new construction or major renovation).
MPAC updates the assessment and mails a Notice to property owners. The MPAC graphic below explains why property owners receive a PACN, how the assessed value is different than the market value, and why the valuation date is fixed at January 1, 2016. If you have further questions about your Notice, please go to www.mpac.ca and log on to AboutMyProperty to learn more.
Key Messages for Property Owners
Property owners are able to access www.aboutmyproperty.ca when they receive their Property Assessment Notice in the mail. Login details are included on every Notice mailed. Visitors to the site can also view videos explaining assessment.
VIDEO: AboutMyProperty Overviewhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6ATjrN2ttcc
When owners receive their Property Assessment Notice, they should review it. No further action is required unless an owner has questions or disagrees with their assessed value or classification. If an owner doesn’t agree with their assessment, they have the option to file a request for reconsideration (see link to video below).
VIDEO: The Request for Reconsideration Process https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPGN-THof5Q
Farm Property Class Tax Rate Program
To request that a property be eligible for the farm property classes, a request must be filed with the Agricorp. Agricorp is assuming the role of primary point of contact for the Farm Property Class Tax Rate Program, also known as the “Farm Tax Program,” effective February 25, 2019.
The Farm Tax Program is staying the same, but farmland owners will now contact Agricorp for eligibility and enrolment, instead of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA).
Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program
To request that a property be eligible for the managed forest tax incentive program, a request must be filed. More information is available on this website https://www.ontario.ca/page/managed-forest-tax-incentive-program