When are the 2019 Property Tax Due Dates?

2019 Interim Billing (All Classes)

Bills mailed first week of February

  • 1st Installment: February 27, 2019
  • 2nd Installment: April 29, 2019

2019 Final Billing (Residential, Farm, Managed Forest, Pipeline)

Bills mailed first week of June

  • 3rd Installment: June 27, 2019
  • 4th Installment: August 29, 2019

2019 Final Billing (Multi-Residential, Commercial, Industrial)

Bills mailed first week of August

  • 3rd Installment: June 27, 2019
  • 4th Installment: August 29, 2019

How do I pay my taxes?

  • Pre-Authorized Payment Plan – You can sign up for monthly automatic withdrawal, or automatic withdrawal on the tax due date. To sign up for our Pre-Authorized Payment Plan please complete and return the application form.
  • In person – Payments can be made in person in Customer Service at City Hall. Our business hours are Monday – Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm (excluding Holidays). Cash, cheque or debit are accepted.
  • Telephone Payments – Using your 19 digit roll number, no spaces, decimals, or dashes. Search Sarnia (City) Taxes to add as a payee.
  • Online/Internet Payments – Using your 19 digit roll number, no spaces, decimals, or dashes. Search Sarnia (City) Taxes to add as a payee. Please note that we do not accept Interact e-Transfers.
  • Financial Institution – Payment can be made at most financial institutions. Please allow 2-3 business days for processing.
  • Post Dated Cheques – Mailed or dropped off and held until due date.
  • Mail – to Sarnia City Hall, Tax Office, 255 Christina Street North, PO Box 3018, Sarnia Ontario, N7T 7N2 (cheques only).
  • Drop Box – located at the Christina Street Entrance (cheques only).

My mortgage company pays my taxes. Why did I receive a bill?

We are legislatively required to send the Final property tax bill. Your bill will indicate that no payment is required.

I am on a pre-authorized tax payment plan yet I still received a bill. Why?

We are legislatively required to send the Final property tax bill. Your bill will indicate that you are on the pre-authorized payment plan and that no payment is required.

How do I change my school board support?

Contact the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) located at
1401 Michigan Ave., Unit 1, Sarnia, ON
Phone: 1-866-296-MPAC (6722)
TTY: 1-877-889 MPAC (6722)
Fax: 1-866-297-6703
Website: www.mpac.ca

My financial institution’s online/telephone banking requires entry of a 19-digit account code to open and pay my taxes. Where can I find the 19-digit account number?

The roll number shown on your tax bill is the account number that you will need to use. Please remember no spaces, dashes or decimals.

How are properties assessed?

The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) is responsible for placing an assessment value on all property in Ontario.

What if I have questions about my assessment value?

Assessment-related inquiries should be directed to the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) located at:
1401 Michigan Ave., Unit 1, Sarnia, ON
Phone: 1-866-296-MPAC (6722)
TTY: 1-877-889 MPAC (6722)
Fax: 1-866-297-6703
Website: www.mpac.ca

What if my property tax payment is late?

Penalty and interest are charged at 1.25% monthly (15% per annum), applied the first business day of each month on all past due balances. Late payment charges are set in accordance with current legislation and cannot be waived. If payment in full is not received by the installment due date, a property tax arrears notice will be issued and a $5.00 fee will be applied. Failure to receive a bill does not excuse the home owner from payment responsibility.

Can I set up to have monthly pre-authorized tax payments?

Yes, you can sign up for our monthly pre-authorized payment plan. Download the Pre-Authorized Payment Plan Application Form below or contact us for more information. There is no cost to enroll in a pre-authorized tax payment plan.
Please refer to the Pre-Authorized Payment Plan Guidelines for additional information.  Please note that pre-authorized payment plans are not transferable when moving within Sarnia.

To change banking information or to cancel a pre-authorized payment plan, please complete the Pre-Authorized Payment Plan Cancellation or Account Information Change Form. Notice must be provided prior to the 20th of the month in which the change is required. To make changes you can visit us, call 519-332-6309 or email us at taxes@sarnia.ca

What if my mailing address changes?

If the mailing address of your property is changing, please contact us to ensure the change is reflected on the City’s records.

How do I apply for a Commercial or Industrial Vacancy Tax Rebate?

If you are a commercial or industrial property owner with a unit that has been vacant for at least three consecutive months, download and submit the Application for Commercial and Industrial Vacancy Rebate of Property Tax .

What is the deadline to submit a Commercial and Industrial Vacancy Tax Rebate Application?

The deadline to apply is February 28th of the year following the taxation year to which the application relates.

How do I apply for a Registered Charity Tax Rebate for a registered charity?

If you are a registered charitable organization renting space in a commercial or industrial property, download and submit the Application for Registered Charity Rebate Program.

What is the deadline to submit a Registered Charity Tax Rebate Application?

The deadline for submitting an application is February 28 of the year following the taxation year to which the application relates.

Property Taxation – Where Does it Go?

Your final property tax bill is made up of three main components:

Pie Chart showing Property Tax Breakdown
  1. Education taxes – This tax rate is set by the Province of Ontario and remitted to the local school board you support.
  2. Municipal taxes – The tax rate to cover the costs of supplying municipal services is based on city council’s adoption of our annual budget. Revenues from provincial grants, user fees and other sources are deducted from the total expenditures, resulting in a final amount that needs to be raised through taxation.
  3. County taxes – A portion of the tax bill for all residents of County of Lambton goes back to the County to support their role in supplying various services including Ontario Works, Social Housing, Library and Cultural Services and Land Ambulance.

Where are my Municipal Tax Dollars Spent?

2019 Municipal Expenditures Pie Chart

General Government: Council, Admin (Legal/ HR/Finance/IT/Clerk/Purchasing), Economic Development, etc.
Protection Services: Fire, Police, Building, By-Law Enforcement
Transportation: Harbour, Engineering, Public Works, Transit, Parking Lots, Street Lighting
Environmental: Waste & Recycling, Water, Sewer, Sanitary Sewers
Recreation & Culture: Parks, Recreation, Arenas, Library, Lawrence House, Strangway, Children’s Farm, etc. Planning & Development: Drains, Planning, Committees
Debt: Principal & Interest Payments

How have my total property taxes changed over the years? (blue line)
and
How have the City of Sarnia portion of residential property tax changed over the years? (grey line)

The blue line in the chart below shows the historical property tax for a residential property assessed at $100,000 (Total of Education, County, and Municipal/Transit taxes).  The grey line indicates the City of Sarnia portion of property tax (Municipal/Transit only).

Bar Graph showing history of Property Tax Dollars paid for a Residence Assessed at $100,000



Downloads

re-Authorized Payment Plan Guidelines
Pre-Authorized Payment Plan Application Form
Pre-Authorized Payment Plan Cancellation or Account Information Change Form
Application for Commercial and Industrial Vacancy Rebate of Property Tax
Application for Registered Charity Rebate Program