Port Hopers for Fair Taxes has compiled a list of Questions and Answers on the Area Rating Taxation in the Municipality of Port Hope:
How much is Council proposing to increase municipal taxes?
I heard that Ward 2 residents pay way less tax than Ward 1. What is the average tax bill per household in Ward 1 and Ward 2?
What was the split of costs (levy collected from tax bills) for the two municipalities, prior to amalgamation?
What was the trend in the split of levy between the two Wards for the years from 1994 through 2012?
For all of those years from 2001 through 2010, did MMAH complain to Council that the area-rated approach being used in any of those years was in contravention of the Act?
Did the Act change recently, causing Council to suddenly consider the area-rating approach to be non-compliant?
How much municipal tax did the Municipality of Port Hope collect from each Ward in 2013?
How much of the tax burden is proposed to be shifted from Ward 1 to Ward 2, according to the six options that Council was considering in October 2013?
What is the total weighted assessment for each Ward?
How many households are in each Ward?
On a household basis, what is the average assessment in Ward 1 and Ward 2?
In those household-average calculations in that report, what property classes are used when adding up the assessments for each Ward?
Why is the Agricultural property class included in the household calculations?
What are some of the other property classes, and compared to residential tax rate what is the factor (multiplier) for each?
If a residence has some fields around it, does that mean that these properties automatically qualify for the reduced tax rate on agricultural lands?
What about a property that has a forest – does it automatically qualify for the reduced tax rate related to managed-forest lands?
What was the municipal tax rate (mill rate) in 2012? For Ward 2? For Cobourg? For Hamilton Township?
For Ward 1 in 2012, the rate was 0.008864 (This translates to a tax of $8.864 per $1,000 of residential assessment.)
For Ward 2 in 2012, the rate was 0.005124 (NB: this is without using any LLRW interest to reduce the levy.)
For comparison, Cobourg’s rate in 2012 was 0.00831770, and Hamilton Township’s rate was 0.00529553
Why do some sources claim that Ward 2 has the lowest tax rate in Northumberland?
It’s important to note that Ward 2 is unique within the rural municipalities in the County, because Ward 2 has the $10M LLRW Trust Fund that is to be used to reduce the taxes within the Ward – when comparing tax rates within the County, it is important to base the comparison on rates that are calculated before any LLRW interest has been applied (see 0.005124 for Ward 2, noted in an earlier FAQ).
Is each $10M LLRW fund required to be treated the same way in both Wards?
When the licence was granted to proceed with the development of the LLRW facility on Baulch Road, did this licence change the status of the Ward 2 Trust Fund?
What did change in regard to the $10M funds, when the licence was granted?
Where can I locate specific references to the Ward 2 Low-Level Radioactive Waste (LLRW) Trust Fund?
Within the first document, titled “AN AGREEMENT FOR THE CLEANUP AND THE LONG-TERM SAFE MANAGEMENT OF LOW-LEVEL RADIOACTIVE WASTE SITUATE IN THE TOWN OF PORT HOPE , THE TOWNSHIP OF HOPE and THE MUNICIPALITY OF CLARINGTON”, references may be found on pages 50-51, and 54-57.
The second document in this set is the final page in the PDF file: Township of Hope By-Law 3605, dated December 19, 2000, BEING A BY-LAW TO AUTHHORIZE THE EXECUTION OF ALL DOCUMENTATION TO APPOINT A TRUSTEE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AGREEMENT WITH NATURAL RESOURCES CANADA.
Second step: the Transition Order / Board Order of March 2000, related to amalgamation, is available for download as a very large PDF file on the Municipality of Port Hope website:
Section 14.2 (1) from that document follows:
ORDER MADE UNDER THE MUNICIPAL ACT, R.S.O. 1990, CHAPTER M. 45 COUNTY OF NORTHUMBERLAND TOWN OF PORT HOPE, TOWNSHIP OF HOPE, MUNICIPALITY OF CAMPBELLFORD/SEYMOUR, TOWNSIDP OF PERCY AND VILLAGE OF HASTINGS
14.2 (1) On January 1, 2001, the reserves and reserve funds of the former Town of Port Hope and former Township of Hope that are dedicated for special purposes become the reserves and reserve funds of the new town but shall be used only for the purpose for which they are dedicated and for the benefit of the ratepayers in the area of the former Town of Port Hope or former Township of Hope to which they are related.
For each Ward, what is the cost of Policing?
Does Council have a long-standing policy to not shift tax burden from one Ward to another?
Has any other municipality in Ontario taken an approach that is similar to the one that we are proposing (Option 7)?
How did we find out about City of Hamilton as an example?
What is the status of By-Law 48/2003 (as amended), the by-law that contains the area-rating formula that was used by Council when allocating levy by Ward in the tax rating by-laws for many years after 2003?
Were the non-Council members of the Area Rating Citizens’ Working Group (ARCWG) “fired”?
Given that Ward 1 had only two representatives on the ARCWG and Ward 2 had three, how were the votes distributed?
Were the Council reps on the ARCWG also voting members?
Does the Municipality issue a regular tax bill to all property owners? What does PIL mean?
For many years, their payments toward tax levy were called “grants in lieu (of taxes)”, abbreviated “GIL”. More recently, the term “PIL” is being used, as in “payments in lieu (of taxes)”.
PIL can be considered to be an adjective, as in the “PIL lands” (i.e., lands owned by these special organizations who make PIL payments), the “PIL assessment” (i.e., the assessed value of PIL lands), and the “PIL payments” representing the money remitted to the Municipality. For clarity, we recommend this type of usage of PIL, instead of a reference to the word “PIL” all on its own, which often raises the question “PIL what?”.