• Municipal Property Assessment Notices to be Mailed Out Starting May 16


    At General Committee on May 4th, the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) advised that Property Assessment Notices will be mailed out earlier than in previous years. Assessments will be mailed to Mississauga residential property owners starting on May 16. Mississauga property owners should carefully review and understand their Property Assessment Notices.

     

    “An increase in assessment does not necessarily mean an increase in property taxes and, the City of Mississauga does not benefit financially from reassessment,” said Connie Mesih, Director, Revenue and Material Management. “Tax rates are adjusted to offset assessment value changes and to ensure the City does not receive a windfall gain as a result of an increase in assessment.”

     
    Every four years MPAC conducts a province-wide Assessment Update and mails Property Assessment Notices to every property owner in Ontario.  This year, MPAC will be updating the assessed values of every property in Ontario.  All properties will have a legislated valuation date of January 1, 2016. MPAC looks at sales and compares like properties that have sold in a particular area.

     

    The Property Assessment Notices will be used to calculate property taxes for the 2017-2020 property tax years. According to MPAC, assessed values of residential properties in Mississauga have increased an average of 6.8 per cent between 2016 and 2017. “If a property owners assessment increase is in line with the average assessment increase, property owners will see minimal change on their tax bill due to reassessment,” added Mesih.

     

    The final Mississauga tax bills for 2016 use the 2012 assessment values and will be mailed out on June 9 and June 10. For more information visit the City of Mississauga Taxes and Assessment website.

     
    Background

     
    Equal reassessments = same taxes
    Varying reassessments = potential tax change
    Service cost increase = everyone pays more

     

    Property owners can visit aboutmyproperty.ca to learn more about residential market trends in their area and how their property was assessed. By using the Roll Number and unique Access Key on their Property Assessment Notice, they can also see the information MPAC has on file for their property and compare it to others in their area.

     
    Property assessment information is provided to your municipality for property tax purposes.  Property owners can also learn more about the relationship between property assessment and taxation through aboutmyproperty.ca.

     

    MPAC’s province-wide Assessment Updates of property values have exceeded international standards of accuracy. MPAC’s property values and data are also used by banks, insurance companies and the real estate industry.

     
    For more information, property owners can visit aboumyproperty.ca or contact MPAC at 1 866-296-MPAC (6722).

     

    Ecity link: http://www.mississauga.ca/portal/cityhall/pressreleases?paf_gear_id=9700020&itemId=6100516q&returnUrl=%2Fportal%2Fcityhall%2Fpressreleases

  • Community Bike Rides – Spring through Fall

    In less than two weeks, pedals will start spinning in the first of a full slate of Community Rides spanning three seasons – spring, summer and fall. This year there are 24 bike rides, four more than last year.  The first ride will begin on Saturday, May 14. Rides will continue regularly until the final Halloween ride in the last week of October.

     

    Details of Community Rides

     

    What: Community Rides are free, guided leisure bike rides throughout the city that have grown from an average of 65 participants in 2014 to 130 in 2015. Cyclists will experience 12-30 km rides through parks, on trails, see new city destinations and learn cycling safety tips along the way.

     

    Who: All rides are led by experienced riders and members of the Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee (MCAC).

     

    When: The first Community Ride of 2016 is on Saturday, May 14 at 9:30 a.m. Visit mississaugacycling.ca for a full schedule of rides.

     

    Where: Garnetwood Park (1950 Burnhamthorpe Road East).

     

    Details: The May 14 roundtrip route will take riders on an 18 kilometre journey.

     

    All levels of riders are welcome to participate in Community Rides. Ride marshals will divide the group into three riding levels to ensure riders are comfortable with the pace of the ride. There is a mandatory helmet policy adopted by the MCAC stating that all riders must wear helmets. All rides are followed by free refreshments provided courtesy of Toronto Pearson Airport.

     

     

    Riders must register mississaugacycling.ca. More details about routes, schedules or rain dates are also available on the website.

  • Mississauga Calls on Province to Impose Ban on Door-to-Door Sales

    Mississauga City Council passed a motion yesterday calling on the Province of Ontario to impose a ban on door-to-door sales activities in the home services sector. The ban specifically addresses the sale or lease of heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment, water heaters, water filtration systems and other related home energy products and services by door-to-door sales agents.

     

    The motion, brought forward by Ward 2 Councillor Karen Ras, urges other municipalities to join with Mississauga in calling on the Province to act.

     

    “Even with the recently implemented Stronger Protection for Ontario Consumers Act in April 2015, homeowners have continued to experience unsolicited, aggressive and misleading sales tactics at their door from companies seeking to sell home energy products,” said Councillor Ras. “These sellers are thumbing their noses at the existing provincial legislation. They misrepresent their identities, pose as government safety inspectors and tell their victims that they are there to conduct so-called mandatory checks. I’ve experienced this kind of behaviour myself, and we need to put a stop to it.”

     

    The motion comes as part of a campaign called ‘StopTheKnocks’ which encourages homeowners across Ontario to lend their voices by signing the online petition on Change.org.

     

    “It is important for homeowners to know their rights when it comes to door-to-door sales,” said Janice Baker, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer. “We ask residents to always be cautious when approached by anyone offering goods and services door-to-door.”

  • Freedom Pass for Mississauga Youth (Ages 12 to 14)

    For a third straight year, the City of Mississauga is offering youth ages 12 to 14 the Freedom Pass. The popular pass provides incentives like swimming for free at City pools and riding MiWay free all summer long. The pass begins on July 1 and is valid through to August 31.

     

    “Summer is the perfect time for youth to get comfortable using transit,” said Geoff Marinoff, Transit Director. “Our goal with the program is to encourage them to take part in community events and programs around the city, while becoming familiar with MiWay transit routes.”

     

    This year the Freedom Pass includes a Green Challenge, which encourages Freedom Pass holders to do green activities around Mississauga such as tree planting, visit a Farmers Market, volunteer at an Earth Market or participate in a bike ride. Pass holders participating in a green activity can take a selfie and upload it to their Instagram, Facebook or Twitter account using the hashtag #freetobegreen. Photos will be shared on the City’s Storify page.

     

    Applying for a Pass
    Applications for the Freedom Pass start on Sunday, May 1 (10,000 passes are available).

    • Visit mississauga.ca/freedompass.
    • Complete the application (parent/guardian signature is needed);
    • Bring the completed application, along with a piece photo ID displaying proof of age, to any City-operated community centre.
    • A photo will be taken by the customer service staff to create a personalized Freedom Pass.

     

    Only valid, photographed Freedom Pass holders are eligible to ride MiWay for free. All other riders must pay regular fares. To learn more about MiWay, visit miway.ca or plan a route with the Plan a Trip tool or call 905-615-INFO (4636) for route and schedule information.

    For more on the Freedom Pass, please visit: mississauga.ca/freedompass.

  • Home Safe Home Campaign

    Most Fires are Preventable: Home Safe Home Campaign Kicks Off in Mississauga

     

     Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services (MFES) want you to open your door this Spring and Summer when fire crews come knocking to talk about fire safety.

     

    Home Safe Home (HSH) is a free city-wide education and awareness program that teaches residents about fire prevention and life safety. Until September, fire crews will be going door to door distributing fire safety materials and conducting fire safety surveys to ensure that residents have working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

     

    “In Mississauga we are on a mission to zero – zero deaths and zero injuries due to fire,” said Jamie Zimmerman, Assistant Chief, Fire Prevention and Life Safety, MFES. “It should be unacceptable in today’s society for people to die in fires. Most fires are 100 per cent preventable. Think about it. It’s up to you.”

     

    According to Zimmerman, there are three simple steps that could mean the difference between life and death which are:

    1. install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in the proper location(s);
    2. develop a fire escape plan; and
    3. practice the plan on a regular basis.

     

    During Home Safe Home, MFES encourages anyone with elderly parents or neighbours to check on them often, help them check their alarms and talk to them about their fire escape plans.

     

    “We need to work together to influence and improve behaviour when it comes to fire safety,” added Zimmerman. “Be your family’s hero and keep them safe. There’s no excuse when it’s so easy to do.”

     

    Birnie CurrentSAFE, a Mississauga-based electrical contractor has partnered with MFES for a third year to help spread the home fire safety message.

     

    “We are proud to partner with MFES in their mission to save lives and prevent catastrophic losses,” said Tim Birnie, President, Birnie CurrentSAFE. “We have the same goal – to keep families and their homes safe.”

     

    For information about the program, visit mfeshomesafehome.ca or call Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services, Fire Prevention and Life Safety at 905-896-5908.

     

    To request a free HSH visit, call MFES Headquarters at 905-615-3777.

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