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Property Taxes in Highlands East

Posted to Services, Taxes on Mar 2, 2017

Property Taxes are due three times per year. The first interim billing issued in February has two instalments which represent 50% of the year taxes. The due dates are always the last banking day in March and May. The final billing is issued in July and has one installment that is due the last banking day in September. This final installment represents the balance of the current year total.

If you did not receive a Tax Bill for the periods mentioned, please contact the Tax Department directly 705-448-2981 EXT 224.

Late payments are penalized at the rate of 1.25% per month on the principal amount outstanding. Taxes may be paid at the Municipal Office by cash, money order, cheque or Interac. Payments may also be mailed with current date or postdated cheques. Taxes may also be paid by Telephone Banking Services, Direct Deposit at your bank branch or through your online banking site. Use the roll number for the account number. If you require a receipt, please provide a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

Pre-Authorized Payments

A pre-authorized payment option is now available to have your taxes withdrawn from your bank on the installment due date or over ten months. If you are interested in signing up for this program please print the Pre-Authorized Payment Form and forward it to our office along with a copy of a void cheque. Please contact our office for further information.

e-Billing

You now have the option to receive your tax bill by email instead of postal mail. Sign up through the green link at the side of this page to cancel mail delivery of your bill and start digital delivery beginning with your next tax bill.

You will first be required to create and verify your account and then, using your Roll number (including dashes) and provided PIN code, add your property to the system. In future, PIN codes will be listed on your tax bills, however they are not included on already mailed Q1 2017 tax bills so please contact the tax office and one will be provided for you.

Once you are successfully signed up you will receive an email notification when your next tax bill is available and you can then log into your account on the e-Bill site to view and print your bill.

Please note that after you sign up for e-Billing, you can still pay your tax bill with any of our available methods. The e-Bill site allows you to pay your bill via Credit Card or PayPal, however it is cheaper to do so via Plastiq, read more below.

Online Credit Card Payments

Payments may now also be made by Credit Card (Online Only) thru Plastiq, an online third party payment service provider. For a small convenience fee, Plastiq provides you the option to pay your property taxes using your credit card. Making payments with the Plastiq system is similar to making any other online credit card payment. The Municipality of Highlands East does not accept credit card payments made in person.  

To make a payment using Plastiq, use the blue Pay Now button to the right.

Supplemental Tax Bills

A supplementary tax bill is a bill issued reflecting any additions or improvements made to a property. Owners of a new construction, residential or commercial, will receive a land only tax bill until such time as the property is assessed with the new construction. Following an assessment change, the supplementary tax bill will be issued and is effective from the date of occupancy. It can take up to three years for a property to be assessed. Supplementary billings can occur at any time during the year and taxes for three years could be billed all within the same year and come due at the same time. For this reason, you are encouraged to start setting aside funds immediately following the issuance of a building permit for the future supplementary tax bills. Supplementary Tax billing is in addition to the current tax bill already issued.

Change of Address

If you change your mailing address, please notify the Tax Department with your updated information by downloading the Change of Address Form and submitting it to the Tax Department. Penalty charges will still apply on late payments regardless of any change of mailing address.

Please be aware, failure to receive your tax bill does not relieve you from payment of taxes or from liability of penalty for late payment.

Canada Post no longer delivers mail using an RR# address and now requires a 911 Number for the municipal address. The Municipality has received a large volume of returned tax bills due to incorrect mailing addresses. If you have not received your tax bill, please contact the Municipal Office at 705-448-2981 ext 224 to confirm that we have your correct civic mailing address on file.

Property Tax Impact of your 2016 Assessment

Any questions about your Assessment Notice, the assessed value, or how to appeal your assessment should be directed to MPAC’s Customer Contact Centre at 1-866-296 6722 or you can visit their website at www.mpac.ca.

  • MPAC is a not-for-profit corporation created by the Province of Ontario.
  • MPAC is solely responsible for your assessment value.

Any questions about your Assessment Notice, the assessed value, or how to appeal your assessment should be directed to MPAC’s Customer Contact Centre at 1-866-296 6722 or you can visit their website at www.mpac.ca.

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2017 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Dates

Posted to Environmental, Services on Jan 19, 2017

The following events are being held for residents of the Municipality of Highlands East:

Tory Hill Landfill Site

Saturday, June 24th from 10:00AM through 2:00PM
19178 Highway 118 between Wilberforce & Tory Hill.

Gooderham Transfer Station

Saturday, August 19th from 1:00PM through 4:00PM
1042 McColl's Road just east of Gooderham.

Tory Hill Landfill Site

Saturday, October 28th from 10:00AM through 2:00PM
19178 Highway 118 between Wilberforce & Tory Hill.

Residents of Highlands East can also attend the following HHW events being held at the Faraday Public Works Yard at 29860 Hwy. 28 South (across from the intersection of Monck Road and Hwy. 28) from 9:30AM through 2:30PM:

  • May 13th, 2017
  • June 10th, 2017
  • July 8th, 2017
  • August 12th, 2017
  • September 16th, 2017

Be sure to bring your landfill disposal card with you to these events.

Contact the Environmental Department at 613-339-2442 for more information or download our helpful flyer: What can I bring to HHW Events?

Fire Department Application Forms

Posted to Downloads, Fire Rescue, Services on Jan 12, 2017

2017 Ontario Public Service Student Summer Jobs Posted January 3, 2017

Posted to Services on Dec 15, 2016
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Gain valuable skills, earn money and habe fun this summer by applying for summer student jobs with the Ontario Public Service. Jobs are offerred across Ontario in a variety of fields like: business, sciences, environment, engineering, technology, research, customer service and parks.

All jobs will be posted on January 3, 2017 with varying application deadlines.

To apply, visit ontario.ca/Careers and select 'Student' for the Career Level and then submit your application form with a cover letter and resume tailored to each job type.

Learm more at ontario.ca/SummerStudents

Cardiff & Dyno Estates Drinking Water Systems Operational Plan

Posted to Environmental, Services on Dec 5, 2016

The Operational Plan can be viewed at our main office located at 2249 Loop Road Wilberforce, ON or at our Environmental Office located at 2778 Monck Road, Cardiff, ON.

Cardiff & Dyno Estate Drinking Water Systems Financial Report 2016

Posted to Downloads, Environmental, Financial Reports, Services on Dec 5, 2016

Fire Prevention Week 2016

Posted to Fire Rescue, News & Notices, Services on Oct 13, 2016
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Fire Prevention Week is October 9-15, 2016 and the Highlands East Fire Department wants you to join the Don’t Wait, Check the Date! selfie challenge.

“The theme of Fire Prevention Week this year is Don’t Wait, Check the Date of your smoke alarms,” says Fire Chief Bill Wingrove. “Smoke alarms don’t last forever. So we challenge everyone to take a selfie of their family checking the expiry date of their smoke alarms and post it on social media, to show everyone your alarm’s up to date.”

Smoke alarms wear out over time and need to be replaced within the time frame indicated by the manufacturer, usually 10 years. The date of manufacture is indicated on the back of the smoke alarm and the expiry date is taken from that date. While smoke alarms typically last 10 years, some have different expiry time frames. Check the manufacturer’s instructions for the expiry time frame of your smoke alarms.

The Highlands East Fire Department also reminds you that smoke alarms are required on every storey of your home and outside all sleeping areas. Test all of your smoke alarms monthly by pushing the test button on the alarm, and replace batteries at least once a year or when the alarm’s low battery signal begins to chirp.

For more information about smoke alarms, visit Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management’s website at www.ontario.ca/firemarshal.

Haliburton County Burn Ban Lifted

Posted to Fire Rescue, News & Notices, Services on Aug 17, 2016

The Total Fire Ban for Haliburton County has been lifted as of 10AM on August 17, 2016.

Please note that a Burn Ban is still in effect for Highlands East and only Night Burning is permitted.

For details please see our Burning By-Law.

Notice regarding Sewage Disposal System Maintenance Inspection Program

Posted to Building, By-Law, Environmental, News & Notices, Services on Jul 13, 2016

Council of the Municipality of Highlands East is committed to the preservation of the environment and natural resources of the area and is therefore considering the implementation of a sewage system maintenance inspection program commencing in the spring of 2017.  The objective of a program of this nature is to aid in keeping our lakes, rivers, streams and groundwater pollution free. Sewage disposal systems that are improperly maintained, outdated or malfunctioning may have a negative impact on the groundwater, the surrounding water bodies and the environment.

Most properties within the Municipality function with private on-site systems which are regulated through the Ontario Building Code (OBC) which is enforced by the Municipality.  It is through Part 8 of the OBC that the Municipality may initiate an inspection program.  This type of program is normally conducted on a 5 year cycle with all properties within the Municipality with systems older than 5 years being reviewed area-by-area on an annual basis until complete.
To date, Council has not determined the type of program that may be conducted; however the program would likely include a visual inspection of the property with respect to:

  • Type and number of buildings on the property
  • Type of system being used ie: privy, grey water or leaching bed
  • Evidence of sewage effluent ponding, odour or unusually green or thick grass growing on or around the tile bed
  • Surface water or ground water flows toward the sewage system
  • Tree or vegetation growth on the tile bed
  • Location of the septic system

A letter would be sent to the property owner following the inspection indicating the results. If any deficiencies have been found these would be noted in the letter. Further inspections may be required which may include opening and pumping of tanks or excavating the tile bed for inspection.

Tips for keeping your sewage disposal system happy

  • Avoid planting vegetation that has a deep root system on the leaching bed
  • Ensure that trees are at least 3m (10 feet) away from the runs in the tile bed
  • Pump the septic tank every 3 to 5 years depending on how often the system is used
  • Do not use a sink garburator
  • Do not connect water softener backwash to the septic system
  • Ensure that materials such as Kleenex, sanitary products, grease, oil, solvents, paints, food waste or excessive laundry soaps do not enter the system
  • Do not park vehicles, trailers, or other equipment or drive on the tile bed.
  • Do not use anti-bacterial products

Let’s all work together to keep our lakes, rivers and streams healthy and pollution free for our children and grandchildren.  Future generations are counting on us.

Important information about the 2016 Assessment Update

Posted to News & Notices, Services, Taxes on Jul 10, 2016

The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) is responsible for assessing and classifying more than five million properties in Ontario in compliance with the Assessment Act and regulations set by the Government of Ontario.

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In 2016, MPAC will update the assessed values of more than five million properties in Ontario based on a legislated valuation date of January 1, 2016.

For the 2016 province-wide Assessment Update, MPAC is delivering Property Assessment Notices earlier than ever before. This change is being made as part of the organization’s commitment to bring greater stability and predictability to the property assessment and taxation system.

Residential property owners can expect to receive their Property assessment Notice after July 11,2016. Notices for business properties and farms will be mailed in the fall of 2016.

For information on how assessment works, market trends, the Request for Reconsideration process and property assessment and taxation, visit aboutmyproperty.ca. If you would like to see the information MPAC has on file or your property or compare your property to others in your area, you can register and login using the Roll Number and Access Key located on your Property Assessment Notice.

Have questions about your 2016 Property Assessment Notice?

Visit aboutmyproperty.ca or contact the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) Customer Contact Centre at 1-866-296-MPAC (6722), or 1-877-889-MPAC (6722) TTY.

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