Provincial land tax reform is still at the top of the agenda for the City of Kenora. Researcher Adam Smith says council is still looking for a larger contribution from neighbouring unincorporated territories.

"Our proposal is not suggesting that they should be perfectly paying the same amount that the municipal ratepayers should be paying. However, I think that the current rate, say, per $100,000 of assessed value being at $40 is really not commensurate with the services they often depend upon," he said.

The city was making their delegation to the province's finance committee last month in Dryden.

The City of Kenora's looking for more help from Queen's Park, when it comes to incentives for new development.

"For instance, the Harbourtown CIP offers about $4,000, I think, per residential unit being converted from a commercial use, which is really, in the grand scheme of things, more of a drop in the bucket. From what we’ve heard, at least, it’s not something that can really put a project forward," Smith continued.

"So, what we were hoping to do is further leverage provincial dollars, similar to how other programs operate—the one third, one third funding—and hopefully be able to address a lot of the gaps that we do see in the area, whether it’s affordable or market-based housing. We see in those project areas an opportunity to really make a big impact," he added.

The city's delegation was in Dryden last week, as they made a delegation to the province's finance committee. Submissions could be used to help shape Ontario's spring budget for 2019.

According to provincial land tax reform, though, the tax rate per $100,000 in assessment is more than $40. On their web site, Queen's Park notes a ratepayer's bill in the unincorporated may include:

  • amount for land tax reform
  • roads board levy
  • education amount
  • services board levy

For more information:

Committee Transcript

Understanding your property tax bill

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