March 31st, 2020
RE: Covid-19 Tax Relief Plan and Payment Methods Currently Accepted
Please be advised at the March 27th 2020 Special Council Meeting, Mayor and Council passed a Covid-19 Tax Relief Plan. A Tax Relief option to the taxpayers of the Town of Smooth Rock Falls be implemented as follows:
1) Waiving of late payment charges for the month of April 2020
2) In the event of the Covid-19 plan is extended by Council, the Treasurer will automatically extend by one month each time unless Council lifts the Covid-19 action plan.
Mayor and Council understand that residents may be in a position of financial stress due to Covid-19. They want to ensure residents will not receive interests on their accounts during this difficult period, starting with waiving the late payment charges for April 2020.
The Town Hall remains closed to the public until further notice. This course of action is in line with the advice of Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health to ensure a safe and secure environment for all.
In regards to property taxes, following payment methods are acceptable:
1. Online Banking: We encourage residents to pay their taxes through their online banking system. The Town of Smooth Rock Falls can be found under “Add Payee”. Your account number will be your 19 digit roll number. Your roll number can be found on your property tax bill, starting with 5648.
2. Credit Card or PayPal: If you wish to pay your property taxes by credit card or PayPal, please visit www.smoothrockfalls.ca. On the homepage, you will find “Did you know you can pay your taxes by credit card or PayPal account? Click here!” Please click the link and it will direct you to the appropriate page. You will require to register an account and you will need your 19 digit roll number that can be found on your property tax bill, starting with 5648.
a. Please be advised of the service provider charge. For each transaction, 3% of the payment made and a fee of $0.35 will be added. For example: for $100.00 there would be a charge of $3.00 plus a fee of $0.35 for the transaction.
3. Pre-Authorized Payment Plan: If you would like to sign up for the Pre-Authorized Payment Plan, there are two plans available. Plan 1: Monthly payments taken out the 1st of every month, or Plan 2: payment is taken out on installment due date (4 times a year)
Please note that this plan is only available for accounts that have no outstanding taxes.
If you would like to sign up today, please go to:
b) click on the tab called “Living Here”
c) on the left panel click “Applications, Licenses & Permits”
d) you will then be able to find the form called “Pre-Authorized Payment Form”. The form has been made fillable for convenience.
i. Ensure that you state which payment plan you would like. (Monthly or installment)
ii. Fill in the application to the best of your capability.
iii. Ensure you attach a void cheque with your application.
e) Once application is filled, please email the application and void cheque to firstname.lastname@example.org where you will receive a response from a Town representative within 24hrs.
4. Cheques: If you would like to make your property tax payments via cheque please mail your cheque to the following address:
a. Town of Smooth Rock Falls, 142 First Ave, P.O. Box 249, ON P0L 2B0
5. For all other payments not related to property taxes, please send a cheque(s) by mail.
6. The Town Hall will not be accepting cash until further notice
Q & A’s
Q 1: I’m having a difficult time finding the Town of Smooth Rock Falls under “Payee”, who do I contact for help?
A 1: Please call your bank institution and they will guide you through the process.
Q 2: Can I pay by credit card or PayPal over the phone?
A 2: No, currently the only accepted method of credit card and PayPal payments is through the online method detailed above.
Q 3: I am already signed up for the pre-authorized payment plan, do I need to do anything right now?
A 3: No, if you are already signed up there is no action required.
Q 3.1: I want to sign up for the Pre-Authorized Payment Plan but I have tax arrears, what are my options?
A 3.1: In order to be able to sign up for the Pre-Authorized Payment Plan, your account will require to be up to date. You can make a payment through your online banking, credit card/PayPal, or mail a cheque to the Town Hall. Once your balance is up to date, you will be able to sign up for the Pre-Authorized Payment Plan.
Q 3.2: I don’t know how to get a copy of my void cheque online?
A 3.2: Your online banking institution allows you to have access to a void cheque that can be printed or saved on your computer. If you are having troubles locating your void cheque, please call your banking institution for guidance.
We thank the public for the corporation during this time. If you have any questions, please contact the front desk at 705-338-2717.
Yvan Marchand, Treasurer
Not only is housing is affordable in Smooth Rock Falls – the average MPAC assessed dwelling is $68,100 – but the average residential tax paid by residents of Smooth Rock Falls is one of the lowest in Northeastern Ontario according to a study done in 2015.
With friendly neighbours, beautiful surroundings, no congestion and low crime rates, you can enjoy a full, comfortable lifestyle in Smooth Rock Falls for a fraction of the cost of urban centres in the south.
To help attract new residents and business, Smooth Rock Falls is also offering enormous tax breaks for new homeowners over three years: 100 per cent the first year, 75 per cent the second year and 25 per cent the third year. And for businesses, a generous Tax Increment Grant Program including: a 75 per cent rebate in year one, 50 per cent rebate in year two and 25 per cent rebate in year three.
The Town of Smooth Rock Falls offers several convenient ways for residents and businesses to pay their property taxes:
Direct payment at the Town municipal office, we accept Cash, Debit, or Cheque (NO CREDIT CARD)
At your bank or through online banking
Online – this method of payment accepts VISA, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, and Paypal. It does require you to register but this process is fast and easy! For each transaction, 3% of the payment made and a fee of $0.35 will be added. For example: for $100.00 there would be a charge of $3.00 plus a fee of $0.35 for the transaction.
Make an ePayment
If you own property in the Town of Smooth Rock Falls and have no outstanding taxes, you can register for convenient pre-authorized tax payments. You can enroll all of your properties in this program. Please call (705) 338-2717 ext. 3 for more information or email email@example.com
Complete this Pre-Authorized Tax Payment Form and bring it to the front desk at the Municipal Office.
Every four years, the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) assesses your property’s value. MPAC is responsible for assessing and classifying all properties in Ontario in compliance with the Assessment Act and regulations set by the Government of Ontario. Every municipality in Ontario, including Smooth Rock Falls, is a member of MPAC. It provides municipalities with a range of assessment services, which includes preparing an annual assessment roll for use by a municipality in calculating property taxes.
In 2016, MPAC updated the assessed values of every property in Ontario. Their assessors looked at sales and compared your property to similar properties that have sold in your area. This approach is called Current Value Assessment.
While there are a number of factors that account for the assessment of a property, location is the most important one. As a result, comparing your assessment to similar properties in your area or neighbourhood will help you review your assessment. To find out more about how MPAC assessed properties, check out their website.
MPAC has an online service called AboutMYProperty. Through AboutMyProperty, property taxpayers can access, free of charge, property assessment information, site information, lot size and recent sales information on their own property and similar properties.
To learn more about the market trends in Smooth Rock Falls, check out the MarketTrends website.