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How Collingwood and Wasaga Beach Property Taxes Compare

Posted by Sherry Rioux on March 9, 2008

Have you ever wondered how our property tax rates in this area compare to other towns and cities in the province? I have.

Recently, the results of a Municipal Competitiveness Study done by BMA Managements Consultants  was released that helps to answer that exact question.  The 2007 study compared 79 Ontario municipalities in numerous categories.  Among other things, they compared the relative tax rates of an average detached bungalow and interestingly, Wasaga Beach had the lowest rate in the province at $1701.00 per year while Toronto (south) had the highest at $4193.00. Collingwood doesn’t seem to be included in the 2007 study however, according to 2006 figures I found, Collingwood came in at $2611.00 which was right around the study average that year.

If you are analytical and want to read all the details, you can view the full 384 page, 2006 report on the Wasaga Beach website which includes Collingwood data.  I found the full 2007 report on the City of London’s website  but it excludes Collingwood.

So in answer to the question, it would appear that at least Collingwood and Wasaga Beach compared favourably at the time of the studies. What do you think?

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5 thoughts on “How Collingwood and Wasaga Beach Property Taxes Compare

  • on March 11, 2008

    Hi Marg,

    Interesting insight…

    That results sound plausible. However, I’m relatively certain you would get a different response from all the home and cottage owners along the Georgian Bay shoreline.

    As the saying goes though, you get what you pay for…or I suppose in this case, you pay for what you get.

  • Marg
    on March 11, 2008

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. said, “Taxes are the price we pay for civilization.” This may well be true but hey, I’m starting to feel VERY civilized! Enough is enough but gosh, at least I’m not in Toronto south. How are yours in Vaughan? Thanks for your comment Carl.

  • Richard
    on October 15, 2010

    Of course if you compare the taxes on a house in Toronto it will have higher taxes.
    If you buy a $500,000 house in most cities they will be higher taxes than on a $500,000 house in Toronto. Try to compare mill rates and services if you want a true comparison.
    What’s the tax per $1000 house value not what taxes on a similar house is in Toronto.
    I live in North Bay and the taxes are ridiculous, but the policies of the government here is to spend like crazy to make the city super attractive. I am thinking of moving because I don’t see a need to pay higher and higher taxes each year to support the infrastructure of an expensive city. You have to weight what you get against what you really want or need. If a city has lowest taxes it probably isn’t getting the services like other cities. Once it grows and people get the services they demand you probably will pay more than other cities. You get what you pay for.

  • Richard
    on October 16, 2010

    To be more exact. Taxes in some cities in Ontario for a $350,000 Assessed value house.
    Low to high:
    Orangeville – $2,785/year – 0.00795745/$1000
    Toronto – $2,906/year – 0.008305702/$1000
    Mississauga – $3,437/year – 0.00982115/$1000
    Wasaga – $3,576/year – 0.00978306/$1000 + $152.54 waste Management
    Barrie – $4,706/year – 0.01344730/$1000
    North Bay – $6,043/year – 0.017268/$1000

    These are based on the tax rates of 2010 which are available on-line to anyone.
    I am retired and looking for where I would like to spend my retirement years and preserve my savings as well as get the services I want. This data has opened my eyes in my final home search. Although I was surprised by these figures I checked with people living in these cities and they seem work out.

  • Marg
    on October 18, 2010

    Good work on this Richard. There are many things to consider and taxes are increasingly becoming part of the equation. The only proviso I might add is that many municipalities are slowly shifting revenue collection to user fees. In Collingwood for example, we pay a hefty price for water and sewer infrastructure rehab however, in the long run when that is paid off, we may find ourselves lower than other towns.

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