Aggregate Property Tax Assessments
August 19, 2020
Today Zorra Township Mayor Marcus Ryan as a member of the Top Aggregate Producing Municipalities of Ontario (TAPMO) met with Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance (MOF), Stan Cho, to present options for an equitable approach to property tax assessment, so that aggregate properties (gravel pits and quarries) can be taxed fairly.
The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation’s (MPAC) current property tax valuation methodology sees active aggregate operations assessed at a rate far less than single family homes and small businesses. The assessment methodology sets an artificial cap on their property valuations – costing areas like Zorra Township hundreds of thousands in tax revenue.
In Zorra Township, typical industrial properties are assessed at between $19,000 and $26,000 per acre while aggregate operations are assessed only $8,000 per acre. If aggregate operations were assessed at the low end of a typical industrial property, it would mean almost $1 million dollars per year in additional tax revenues for the Township. These funds are urgently required to repair and improve Zorra’s road system. Due to being home to over 50 aggregate operations, Zorra’s road infrastructure is prematurely aging.
That tax revenue is especially needed now so that municipalities can continue to provide high-quality services and programs to support families and businesses in the fight against COVID-19.