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MPAC 2020 Assessment Update

Property Tax Notices

Annual taxes are calculated by multiplying the assessed value of your property by the Municipality's current consolidated tax rate. Interim Tax Notices are based on approximately 1/2 of the previous year's total tax levy. The consolidated tax rate is made up of a Township portion and a County portion (influenced by the respective budget requirements) and an Education portion which is set by the Province of Ontario. Through sound financial management, Selwyn boasts the lowest municipal property tax rate in the County of Peterborough. 
Interim Tax Notices are sent at the end of January, and Final Tax Notices are sent at the end of June. The due dates are always the 1st Monday in March, May and October and the 2nd Monday in August (due to the civic holiday).
The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation determines the assessed value of each property.

If you are moving, or have changed your mailing address, please contact us immediately.
The Tax Collector has no authority to waive or alter penalty and/or interest for any reason, including not receiving a tax notice. 

Reading your tax notice - Assessment Class codes

Under Assessment Class on your tax notice, the first 2 characters indicate the Tax Class (these codes are also used in the Consolidated Tax Rates section):

CodeTax Class
C7 Commercial small on-farm
CT Commercial
CU Commercial Excess Land
CX Commercial Vacant Land
FT Farmland
IT Industrial
IU Industrial Excess Land
IX Industrial Vacant Land
JT New Industrial
MT Multi Residential
NT New Multi Residential
PT Pipeline
RT Residential
ST Shopping Centre
SU Shopping Centre Excess Land
TT Managed Forest
XT New Commercial
XU New Commercial Excess Land

The last character(s) identify school support:

CodeSchool Support
EP English Speaking Public School
ES English Speaking Separate School
FP French Speaking Public School
FS French Speaking Separate School
N No Directed Support

For information on changing your school support see Direction of School Support

Penalty and Interest

Penalty and/or interest is fixed at a rate of 1.25% per month and will be added to unpaid taxes after the due date and the beginning of each month after. 

Reminder notices are sent for accounts with an outstanding balance over $10.00. Reminder notices are not sent in the same month as a tax notice since the notice reflects any outstanding balance. 

Payment apply sequence


 All payments are applied in the following order:

  1. NSF fees or other charges that may be collected through the tax roll (if applicable)
  2. Penalty/interest (if applicable, oldest to newest)
  3. Taxes (oldest to newest) 

Included with your 2021 tax notices: 2021 Interim Tax Insert, Exploring our online options and landfill site pass.

Water & Wastewater

Properties located in the Village of Lakefield and Woodland Acres (including the new Summer Lane subdivision) are serviced by municipal water and wastewater. The Village of Lakefield is billed directly by Peterborough Utilities, and Woodland Acres is billed by the Township on the final tax notice each year. For current rates, please visit the Water & Wastewater Services page.

2021 Tax Installment Due Dates

Installment due dates are always the 1st Monday of March, May and October, and the 2nd Monday of August:

  • March 1, 2021
  • May 3, 2021
  • August 9, 2021
  • October 4, 2021

Current Municipal Tax Rates

Not sure whether your property taxes are based on the rural or village tax rate? Wards 1, 2 and 4 are rural and ward 3 is village. The rate difference for the village ward is due to the cost of police services (Peterborough Police vs. OPP). Not sure what ward you are? Check out our page on what your roll number means.

2020 Consolidated Tax Rates    

CodeTax ClassRuralVillage
RT Residential 0.799538% 0.899368%
FT/TT Farmland/Managed Forest 0.199883% 0.224841%
CT/XT/ST Commercial/Shopping Centre 1.690286% 1.799960%
C7 Commercial small on-farm 0.955286% 1.064960%
CU/CX/XU/SU Comm./Shopping Vacant/Excess 1.477200% 1.553971%
IT Industrial 2.247738% 2.401796%
JT New Industrial 1.977738% 2.131796%
IU/IX Industrial Vacant/Excess 1.898529% 1.998667%
MT Multi Residential 1.303966% 1.481684%
NT New Multi-Res 0.799538% 0.899368%
PT Pipeline 1.586839% 1.680540%


Tax Rate By-law and Schedules

2020 Tax Rate By-law and Schedule
2019 Tax Rate By-law and Schedule
2018 Tax Rate By-law and Schedule
2017 Tax Rate By-law and Schedule

Distribution of the Typical 2020 Tax Dollar

2020 tax dollar distribution

 For a breakdown of the County dollar, see the 2019 County Tax Dollar Distribution - Link to Peterborough County website

Residential assessment vs. tax rate 2013-2020

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