Property tax meeting this weekend

By Penny Caldwell »Penny Caldwell

November 19th, 2008

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What about those property taxes, eh? I polled four cottagers in a single meeting the other day and found that they’d received assessment increases of 0%, 30%, 40%, and 50%. I’m not sure what that 0% is all about, but he’s a lucky cottager. Lucky because, of course, none of us wants to sell our cottages, but MPAC makes us pay taxes on the unrealized gain anyway. And guess what? We’re in a falling market.

If you’re hot and bothered about your new assessment, consider attending the Federation of Ontario Cottagers’ Associations (FOCA) 2008 Fall Seminar this weekend in Richmond Hill. Things should get particularly lively around 3 p.m., when representatives from  Ontario’s  Liberal, PC, and NDP parties present their views on the  province’s property tax system. And then—can you believe it?—they’ve agreed to take questions from the floor. Hang onto your hats, folks. The “Town Hall Meeting” is hosted by The Coalition After Property Tax Reform (CAPTR).

Meanwhile, at you can find out how to appeal your property-tax assessment and what other cottagers are saying about taxes.

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Nov. 20, 2008

12:08 pm

This years assessment is a first for us. Our assessment went down but I don't expect to see the same thing in our taxes.

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