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Property Tax

Property taxes provide municipalities with the funds they need to deliver the programs and services residents depend on each day. The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) determines a market value for every property in the Province of Ontario. Property values are then provided to municipalities in the form of an assessment roll.

Once the annual municipal budget has been determined, tax rates are determined using the assessment roll provided by MPAC. Tax rates differ between for various tax classes (i.e., residential, industrial, commercial, etc.). 

MPAC will mail Property Assessment Notices from May to September, and it will reflect the updated value of your property as of January 1, 2019. For more details, please visit: MPAC Assessment Notices.

The City is also required to collect education taxes for school boards and an education tax rate is included on your property tax bill.

Tax Due Dates

Notice: City Council at its meeting on March 23, 2020 approved the following measures:
  • Waived property tax interest and penalty provisions until further notice. Pre-authorized payments (PAP) are not impacted by this measure if a taxpayer on the PAP is affected they would need to cancel if the payment schedule cannot be maintained.

The following payment options are available:
  • Use the outside drop-off box located near the front steps of the Civic Centre (cheques only, no cash)
  • Mail to: Central Collections, 99 Foster Drive, Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 5X6 (cheques only, no cash)
  • At most financial institutions.
  • By telephone or online banking through most financial institutions. Contact your financial institution for details.
  • By choosing one of our pre-authorized tax payment plan.
  • Ten Month Automatic Bank Withdrawals – payments are withdrawn from your bank account on the fifth of each month (January to October).
  • Due Date Tax Payment Plan – payments are withdrawn from your bank account on due dates.
Pre-authorized applications are available online. For any further questions, please contact the Tax Department at 705-759-5290. Note: Interest and penalties on property taxes due May 5, 2020 have been waived temporarily. Thank you for your patience during this time.

The interim tax levy is calculated based on 50% of the annualized property taxes for the prior year. Interim tax due dates are Thursday, March 5, 2020 and Tuesday, May 5, 2020.

Final 2020 tax bills will be mailed in late May, due in two installments, Monday, July 6, 2020 and Tuesday, September 8, 2020.

You may email your tax inquiries to citytax@cityssm.on.ca or call 705-759-5290.

Lisa Petrocco
Manager of Taxation
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