Some residents of Kincardine are going to get a surprise with their
next tax bill.
Treasurer Brenda French told council August 12 that the assessment
roll has been returned by the Municipal Property Assessment
Corporation (MPAC) and numerous properties that used to be labelled
farmland are now listed as residential, meaning they will be
assessed higher taxes.
"We have 50 properties that we know of," she said. "We are bringing
this to your attention so you can explain it to the ratepayers."
Councillor Ron Hewitt said this will hit some landowners hard
because the municipal taxes on farmland are only 25 per cent of the
assessed value of the property, while residential land is taxed at
100 per cent of the assessed value.
French said the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural
Affairs is working with MPAC to complete minutes of settlement for
properties that should remain as farmland. "If they consider the
landowner is not a bonafide farmer, then the property will be taken
out of farmland and deemed residential," she said.
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"We can't adjust the taxes," said councillor Kenneth Craig. "What do
"It's too late to appeal the assessment," said French. "We're
getting a lot of calls from the people affected, but there's nothing
the municipality can do. The minutes of settlement will be prepared
by OMAFRA and MPAC. We're not sure how long it will take to resolve