Tax Information


The Township of Perth South issues tax bills to all property owners in Perth South. Final tax bills are made up of three main components:

  1. Municipal taxes – The tax rate to cover the costs of supplying municipal services is based on township council’s adoption of the annual budget. Revenues from provincial grants, user fees and other sources of revenue are deducted from the total expenditures, resulting in a final amount that needs to be raised through taxation.


  1. County taxes – A portion of the tax bill for all residents in the Township goes to the County of Perth to support their role in supplying various services including transportation, housing and emergency services. Questions or concerns regarding the County tax rates should be directed to the County of Perth.


  1. Education taxes – This tax is set by the Province of Ontario and remitted to the four school boards – Avon Maitland District School Board, Huron Perth Separate School Board, Le Conseil Scolaire de District des E’coles (French language separate Board), Le Conseil Scolaire Viamonde (French language public Board). Questions or concerns regarding this tax should be directed to the Board of Education.


Tax rates

Perth South tax rates are set with the passing of the current year tax by-law and are summarized in the following tax rate summaries.

       2016 Tax Rate Summary 

        2015 Tax Rate Summary

        2014 Tax Rate Summary

         2013 Tax Rate Summary

          2012 Tax Rate Summary
          2011 Tax Rate Summary
          2010 Tax Rate Summary
          2009 Tax Rate Summary

          2012 Tax Rating By-law - Township        2012 Tax Rate By-law - County & Education
          2011 Tax Rating By-law
          2010 Tax Rating By-law

How property taxes are calculated

If you want to check the calculation of your property taxes simply multiply your assessed property value by the applicable tax rate for your class of property, as shown on your most recent final tax bill.

For example, the residential tax rate is set at 1.0841930%  for 2012 so the calculation for the residential house with an assessment of $208,000 is as follows:

          Property`s Current Value Assessment    $208,000
          Total Residential Tax Rate                   x 1.084193
          Property Taxes                                     $  2,255.12

Supplementary and Omitted Tax Bills

A supplementary or omitted tax bill is a tax bill issued by the Township of Perth South and reflects any additions or improvements to the made to a property.

Owners of new construction, residential or commercial, will receive a land only tax bill until such time as the value of the construction/addition is determined by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC). Following assessment the supplementary tax bill will be issued and is effective from the date of the completion.

It can take time for a property to be assessed. Supplementary billings can occur at any time of the year and taxes for the entire waiting period could be billed all within the dame year and come due at the same time. For this reason, you are encouraged to start setting aside funds immediately following the construction for the future supplementary tax bills.

In an effort to avoid delay you can also phone MPAC office at 1-866-296-6722 to request an inspection of your property.

Municipal Tax Expenditures

Your taxes provide the following services:

  • General government services – includes Council and administrative staff costs
  • Protection Services – includes police, fire, building permit and inspection, conservation authorities, animal control and emergency measures.
  • Transportation services - includes summer roadside and winter control on paved and unpaved roads, bridge and culvert maintenance.
  • Environmental services – includes solid waste collection, disposal and waste diversion.
  • Health Services/Cemeteries – includes cemetery grounds maintenance
  • Recreation and cultural services – includes parks, recreation programs, recreation facilities and library services.
  • Planning and Development – includes planning, zoning, reforestation and municipal drainage.

The municipal expenditures does not include the costs of providing water services or street lighting as these costs are the responsibility of the users or residents who benefit from the services.

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