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Property Taxes

Property taxes are billed twice each calendar year on an interim tax bill and a final tax bill.  The Township is responsible to collect taxes on behalf of the County of Oxford and the school boards with jurisdiction in our municipality.  Property taxes are calculated based on the property’s assessed value using the established tax rate for the property’s classification.  
 

Interim Tax Bill
1st instalment due on the last working day of February
2nd instalment due on the last working day of May

Final Tax Bill
1st instalment due on the last working day of August
2nd instalment due on the last working day of October

 
The interim tax bill contains 2 instalments, with the first instalment being due on the last working day of the month of February and the second instalment being due on the last working day of the month of May.  The interim tax bill is calculated at 50% of the previous year’s total taxes billed on the property.  

The final tax bill contains 2 instalments, with the first instalment being due on the last working day of the month of August and the second instalment being due on the last working day of the month of October.  The final tax bill amount is determined following Council’s adoption of the Township’s budget and the passage of the tax rating by-law for the current year.  The final tax bill reflects the total taxes assessed on the property for the year less the amount already charged on the interim tax bill.


Property Assessment

For inquiries regarding the Property Assessment Value assigned to your property, please contact the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation.  Visit the MPAC website for more information. 

Please complete a Property Assessment Reconsideration form if you feel that your property value needs to be reevaluated.  Forms are available by visiting the MPAC website.  

For any inquiries or comments regarding your property tax account, please contact Kelly Hall, Tax Collector/Deputy Treasurer at 519- 485-2490 ext 222 or send Kelly an email.


2017 – 2020 Assessment Notices

April 18, 2016 - ALL Residential Assessment Notices were mailed to ALL Zorra Residents. 

October 11, 2016 - ALL Non-residential Assessment Notices were mailed to ALL Zorra Farmland, Commercial, Industrial and Multi-Residential Residents.

All properties in Ontario are based on a legislated valuation date of January 1, 2016.  As part of the province’s four-year assessment cycle, increases in assessed values will be introduced gradually over the 2017-2020 property tax years.

View Residential MPAC information

View Farm and Business MPAC Information

Click here to view the MPAC presentation to Zorra Council on April 19, 2016. 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your new 2017-2020 Assessment Notice, please do not hesitate to call our office 519-485-2490 Ext. 222 or call the MPAC office at 1-866-296-6722.


Pay Online through your bank

We are set up with most major banks to accept payments using internet or telephone banking. You must use your Property Roll # indicated on your tax bill to register.

To setup your property taxes as a bill payment through your online banking, go to “add a bill” and search for “Zorra”. Select Zorra Township Tax and enter the Roll Number from your tax bill as your account number. Use your 15-digit roll number, excluding the dashes.

Example: If your roll number on your tax bill shows 011-090-25600-0000 then you would enter this as 01109025600. If an error occurs, please add the extra four zeros at the end and try again.

Tax Rates


Vacancy Rebates

January 25, 2018 – The Commercial and Industrial Vacancy Rebate for vacant properties will no longer be provided rebates for the 2018 year.  If the property owner has received the rebate for any five previous taxation years that property will be removed from the program. See County By-law for more info.

May 11, 2017 - Rebate program for vacant units proposed to be phased out over the next three years. Visit the County of Oxford website for full details

Pre-Authorized Payment Plan

The Township offers a pre-authorized payment plan for the payment of property taxes.  We offer a 4 instalment option with payments being withdrawn on the regular instalment due dates for the amounts indicated on your tax bill or a 10 instalment option with payments being withdrawn from your account for the months of January to October of each year.  Please complete a Pre-Authorized Payment Application form if you are interested in signing up for this service.  

Property Tax Treatment of Renewable Energy Installations

On January 4, 2012, Ontario Regulation 282/98 under the Assessment Act was amended to provide greater clarity and introduce new rules governing the property tax treatment of renewable energy installations. The amendments apply to facilities that generate electricity using solar energy, wind energy or anaerobic digestion of organic matter. The amendments take effect as of January 1, 2011.  Click here for a fact sheet regarding Property Tax Treatment of Renewable Energy Installations.