Property tax notices have been issued July 22, 2020, and tax payments are due August 22, 2020. If you have signed up for pre-authorized payments, your account will be debited on August 22, and you do not need to send additional payment. Interim taxes that were deferred from April 1 will incur penalties and interest if not paid by August 22, 2020.
The annual rates and expenditure laws have been enacted by Council and reviewed and approved by the First Nations Tax Commission on July 16, 2020. The ‘Final’ property tax notices due August 22 reflect 2020 rates and assessed values less your April payment.
Final property taxes will be due and payable on or before August 22. Final Property tax notices will be mailed July 22, 2020 and emailed to the email distribution list.
Taxes must be paid
Certified cheques or money orders shall be made payable to the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation
2020 Interim taxes that were deferred from April 1 will incur penalties and interest if not paid by August 22, 2020. Any interest or penalties shown on your 2020 property tax notice relate to 2019 property taxes.
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.
COVID-19 Update for Georgina, Snake and Fox Islands Cottage Owners
Outdoor Exercise and Gatherings of 10 or less
June 22, 2020
As the number of active COVID-19 cases in Ontario declines and most of Ontario has moved to Phase 2 of re-opening, GIFN Chief and Council are revising some of their directives to cottage owners to allow outdoor exercise and gatherings of groups of 10 or less while maintaining physical distancing and following public health recommendations. The majority of cottage owners have been following the First Nation’s directives and public health advice, and we would like to thank everyone for their continued cooperation.
Gatherings of 10 or less
Ontario has modified its COVID-19 restrictions to allow ‘social circles’ of no more than 10 people. Each circle can come into close contact with one another without physical distancing and must include all of your household members. Circle members cannot belong to more than one circle or change circles. More information on ‘social circles’ is available at https://www.ontario.ca/page/create-social-circle-during-covid-19. Ontario has also increased the limit for social gatherings with people outside your ‘circle’ to up to 10 people while practicing physical distancing.
Chief and Council are revising the limits on cottage guests to allow cottage owners to host their social circle at their cottage. In parallel to the Ontario orders, social circles of up to 10 people are now able to come to GIFN cottages, and gatherings of 10 people or less are permitted outside while practicing physical distancing. However, the total number of people on the property at any one time is not to exceed 10.
The limit of 2 vehicles per cottage on the Aazaahwe ferry remains in effect, as well as the requirement to show a copy of your lease or property tax notice when using the ferry boat to verify that you are a Georgina Island cottage owner. Photos of your lease document on your mobile device are acceptable. This means guests or family coming to your cottage must ride with you in your vehicle on the ferry.
Cottage owners and their guests may now leave their property for outdoor exercise such as walking, jogging or bicycling.
Chief and Council have jurisdiction with respect to public health directives and other matters on GIFN reserve lands and these directives will be enforced by GIFN police and staff. Thank you for your continued cooperation with these directives which allow us to reopen the First Nation while keeping people safe. We will continue to monitor the situation and these orders will be in effect until further notice.
Chief Donna BigCanoe and
Stephanie BigCanoe, Property Tax Administrator
Property Assessment Notices
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. The next province-wide general reassessment in has been postponed until 2021, and the 2016 valuation date will continue to apply for the 2021 property tax year.
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 2020
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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