COVID-19 Update for GIFN Cottage Owners:
Georgina Island First Nation and Ferry Boat Closed to Non – GIFN Members and
Property Taxes Deferred to August 1, 2020
March 30, 2020
As part of the emergency task force, Chief and Council have been monitoring the evolving and ongoing COVID-19 situation and have been in regular contact with federal, provincial, and Anishinabek officials and leadership.
The virus is increasingly spreading through community spread rather than travel related cases. Cases are being confirmed throughout Ontario, including York Region, although there is still a backlog in testing.
Premier Doug Ford started warning urban Ontarians on Friday not to go to their cottages. “If you have a cottage, please, don’t come up to the cottage because of what’s happening,” the premier told reporters.
Canada’s chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam stated on Sunday that that this is not the time to head for a cottage, cabin or camp, “Urban dwellers should avoid heading to rural properties, as these places have less capacity to manage COVID-19“.
The Assembly of First Nations and Chiefs of Ontario have also declared a national State of Emergency for COVID-19. In her press release after seconding the motion, AFN Ontario Regional Chief Roseanne Archibald said “First Nations are the most vulnerable communities in the country and prevention efforts and preparation must be stepped up now. The crisis we face is serious and I’ve asked more communities to have a “shelter-in-place” directive in their communities and to lock down to the fullest extent possible.”
Georgina Island First Nation and Ferry Boat Closed to Non – GIFN Members
At the direction of Chief and Council, the Georgina Island First Nation and ferry boat are closed to non-GIFN members as of April 2, 2020. The ferry boat schedule will be further reduced as well. Ferry boat staff are directed to refuse passage to all non-members, and GIFN Police will assist if needed.
It is unusual for the ferry boat to be operating this early. Typically, the ferry boat does not run until mid to late April, and there is no access to cottages at this time of year.
Everyone should be practicing social distancing, staying home and not going to the cottage as directed by government and health officials. This will help to combat the spread of the virus.
GIFN Property Taxes Deferred to August 1, 2020
Chief and Council are deferring GIFN property tax payments until August 1, 2020.
This means that there will be no penalties or interest associated with the interim property tax amounts indicated on the March property tax notice as due April 1, until after August 1, 2020.
This reflects the current closure of the First Nation, closure of non-essential Ontario businesses, and allows for those suffering economic impacts from COVID-19 time to recover and to access federal and provincial financial support programs. Many Ontario municipalities are implementing similar measures.
We need everyone’s help to protect our community. If everyone is diligent in social and physical distancing and staying home, we hope to re-open GIFN sooner rather than later so everyone can enjoy their summer at the lake.
Chippewas of Georgina Island Property Tax Administration
(705)437-1337 ext. 2225 Stephanie.email@example.com
The annual rates and expenditure laws will be enacted by Council and reviewed by the First Nations Tax Commission in May. The ‘Final’ property tax notices due August 1 will reflect 2020 rates and assessed values less your April payment.
Final property taxes will be due and payable on or before August 1. Final Property tax notices will be mailed June 30, 2020.
Taxes must be paid
Certified cheques or money orders shall be made payable to the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation.
Taxes that are not paid by April 1, 2020 shall incur a penalty of 10% and interest at 1.25% per month, not to exceed 15% per year, until paid or recovered.
The filing of an assessment appeal does not remove the obligation to pay taxes by the due date.
GIFN Council has approved the proposed annual rates and expenditure laws for a 10 business day notification period, from February 25 to March 9, 2020. Leaseholders are invited to provide comments to the GIFN tax administrator via email before the end of the notification period for the consideration of Council.
Property Assessment Notices
Assessment Roll for 2020 Property Tax Year
The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) has produced the GIFN assessment roll for the 2020 property tax year and issued property tax notices. As in the rest of Ontario, interests in land continue to be valued as of January 1, 2016, as was the case for 2019. There will be a province-wide general reassessment in 2020 for the 2021 property tax year, with a valuation date of January 1, 2019 for the next four year assessment cycle.
MPAC is contracted by GIFN to conduct property assessments in accordance with our assessment law and Ontario property assessment rules and procedures. MPAC is an independent, not-for-profit corporation responsible for assessing and classifying more than five million properties across the province. MPAC’s assessors are trained experts in the field of valuation and apply appraisal industry standards and best practices. If you have questions about your property assessment, you may contact MPAC at 1 877 254-4670 or email GIFN@mpac.ca.
Request for Reconsideration:
If you disagree with the assessed value, classification, or tax status of the property, or if there is an error or omission on your Property Assessment Notice, you have the option to file a Request for Reconsideration (RfR) with MPAC, free of charge.
The deadline for filing a RfR is indicated on your assessment notice.
If you have questions about the RfR process or would like more information about your property assessment, you may contact MPAC at 1 877 254-4670 or email GIFN@mpac.ca
To notify us of any changes to your address, please complete and submit the Change of Address Form
Link to Change of Address Form
Failure to receive your property tax bill does not mean you do not have to pay property taxes. You are responsible for any amounts that come due and any penalty and interest charged on these amounts.
GIFN Property Tax Administration is looking to compile an email contact list to be able to provide email communications in addition to postal, website and other communication methods. This list will only be used for property tax administration purposes and will not be disclosed, sold or licensed to third parties. If you would like to be added to the GIFN Property Tax Administration Email Contact List, please send an email with your contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation Property Taxation Law, 2018 and the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation Property Assessment Law, 2018 have been approved by the First Nations Tax Commission (FNTC) on July 12, 2018 and came into force July 13, 2018. GIFN laws are also available on the First Nations Gazette web site www.fng.ca.
Property taxes are calculated by multiplying the assessed value of your property by the property tax rate. GIFN property tax rates are established each year in the GIFN annual rates law. There will be a four year transition period to allow taxpayers time to adjust from the $750 annual service fee to assessment based property tax. Details of the transition plan for each tax district are included in the GIFN property tax law.
Key Dates 2019
If you have questions about GIFN property tax administration, contact Stephanie Big Canoe at email@example.com or (705) 437-1337 ext. 2235 at the GIFN band office.
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