Services & Departments
Tax and Finance
The annual budget process for the Township of Carlow/Mayo begins toward the end of a calendar year. Each Department Head reviews his or her year’s work and prioritizes projects and programs for the upcoming year. Costing is done for the various projects and programs and that information is supplied to the Treasurer. The Treasurer in turn completes a lengthy document that clearly outlines the Revenues and Expenditures of each department.
Each member of Council reviews his or her copy of the proposed budget then each Department Head presents to council his or her department’s plans for the upcoming year. Council takes the time to go through each department budget line by line to review, ask questions and justify expenditures. The Township utilizes 5 year plans for equipment and roads, etc. and maintains Reserves for planned future expenditures.
All council meetings, including budget meetings are open to the public. Notices for these meetings are posted on the Township website.
The Township’s budget is a public document and you may view or receive a copy of it by contacting the Treasurer.
The Tax Rates are calculated in conjunction with the annual budget process. Taxes are billed twice a year. You will receive your Tax Notice by mail.
Municipal Tax Billing
Interim Tax Bills will be mailed out late February 2013. 1st installment due March 31, 2013; 2nd installment due May 31, 2013.
Final Tax Bills will be mailed out late July 2013. 3rd installment due August 31, 2013; 4th installment due October 31, 2013.
- You may pay your taxes in person by cash, cheque or debit at the municipal office.
- After hours you can drop your cheque in the mail slot located on the door of the front entrance of the municipal office.
- You can pay at most financial institutions.
- You can pay by telephone/internet banking if you have this arrangement with your financial institution.
Questions about your property taxes or any taxation issue should be directed to the Treasurer.
The Township of Carlow/Mayo, has worked with the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC), to offer access to AboutMyProperty at the public library. This service is being made available for those property owners who do not have internet access at home.
AboutMyProperty is a secure, online service available on MPACs website at www.mpac.ca.
Through AboutMyProperty, residential property owners can access:
- detailed information about their own property;
- information on up to 24 additional residential properties of their choice .
This information can be used to compare an assessment to similar properties in the area and help determine if the assessment is accurate. Property owners may also choose to file a Request for Reconsideration through AboutMyProperty.
Property owners will need their AboutMyProperty User ID and Password to login. This information can be found on the bottom right hand corner of the 2008 Property Assessment Notice.
Contact MPAC at 1 866 296-MPAC (6722) for more information.
Municipal Performance Measurement Program (MPMP)
The Municipal Performance Measurement Program (MPMP) is a program whereby all Ontario municipalities would measure their performance in various core service areas and report on their performance to the taxpayers.
Performance measurement is a tool that may be used to assess how well an organization performs in the provision of goods and services. Performance measurement:
- creates measures or indicators of the efficiency and effectiveness of public services;
- produces information that municipalities can use to make decisions to improve local services;
- strengthens municipal accountability to taxpayers;
- monitors ongoing performance to assist in planning for the future of communities;
- evaluates past performance and allows municipalities to share best practices
Comparison of raw MPMP data to other municipalities also may lead to inaccurate conclusions, unless the following differences are taken into account:
- geographic size and location of the municipality;
- varying service levels;
- differences in the method of service delivery;
- unique factors in each municipality which impact service delivery or cost; and
- differences in accounting and cost allocation methods between municipalities i.e. allocation of general government program support costs