New property assessments to be mailed this week

Tenders and zoning changes approved

Residential property owners in St. Marys will receive their Property Assessment Notices starting this week, according to Jennifer Lajoie, Account Manager for the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) in a presentation to Town Council on Tuesday. Assessments are updated on a “cycle” with the previous one in 2012 affecting taxes for the years of 2012 – 2016. This new assessment will affect taxes for the years 2017 – 2020. Assessments are based on five major factors including location, age of the property, lot dimensions, living area and quality of construction. Residential property owners will receive the new assessments this week while farm property owners will get them starting Oct. 11. Multi-residential and business notices will be mailed Oct. 18. Residential property owners have 120 days from the issue date to appeal an assessment, by Sept. 21 this year. Lajoie said the first question property owners should ask is “could I have sold my property for the assessed value on January 1, 2016?” After that, the property owner should visit to review the information MPAC has on file for that property.

In other Council news, a Draft Plan of Condominium application by Lang Contracting Company was approved allowing for 12 townhouse units be built on Edison St. The application also includes one common driveway for the project. Also approved was a zoning change to allow a four-plex dwelling on vacant land located at 93 Ann Street.

Tenders approved by Council include one for Concrete work for side walks in the amount of $92,123 to Nicholson Concrete. Council had budgeted $15,000 for this. The remaining amount will be taken from an amount unused from St. Maria Street project which will be a carry-over from next year. And, finally Council approved the purchase of an ice resurfacer for $79,715 (after a trade-in allowance of $20,000) and an electric ice edger for $5,537. Both of these purchases were from Zamboni®.

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