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Many residents complain that taxes in Cobourg are high and compared to Toronto they are. But this page will not make a case for lower taxes but will simply report on what they are.
The Town of Cobourg collects taxes for itself plus the County and the School Board. They are then billed and expected to be paid in three installments although if you elect to pay via automatic installments from your bank, it can be in 10 approximately equal amounts.
The first invoice in late February is one third of the previous year’s taxes. This is called an interim payment since the levy amount is not yet known. The next one in late May bills the balance to be paid in an installment in late June and the final installment in late October – although you can pay the full remaining amount if you prefer.
The Provincially operated MPAC decides a valuation for each property and separately, the Town and County decide how much money they want to raise with their tax levy. In time to decide the final tax rate, MPAC calculates what the average valuation for Cobourg will be and that valuation is used to calculate what the tax rate should be to raise the amount needed/wanted. For 2020, the residential rates are:
So for a property valued at $350,000, the tax will be $350,000 x .0144864 = $5,070. Note that although the MPAC valuations are intended to be realistic, that is not always true. See the page with the latest market values here.
These numbers are for the 2020 budget. Note that the actual spending will have significant differences because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
A “typical” tax bill for the average assessment (in 2020) of $275,250 is $3,987 with $2,269 going to the Town, $1,297 going to the County and $421 going to Education.
Below are some of the services you receive from the Town for this, and how much you pay for them.
|Engineering & Roads||334||27.83|
|Governance & Administration||235||19.58|
|Victoria Hall/ Concert Hall||86||7.17|
|Community Grants & Services||71||5.92|
|Tourism/ Economic Development||56||4.67|
|Planning/ Building Standards||41||3.42|
Major services provided by the County include garbage collection, County roads and bridges, paramedic services, welfare services, subsidized housing and the Golden Plough Lodge. Note that the Town’s “Waste Disposal” amount above is for emptying public garbage bins etc. News item on Town’s 2020 Budget here.