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CITY OF OWEN SOUND

Vacant Unit Rebate Stakeholder & Public Input Survey


INTRODUCTION

The City of Owen Sound is seeking public input in regards to the potential elimination of a property tax rebate program for vacant commercial and industrial properties. Input received via this survey will contribute to the information available within the final decision making process.

Part 1: Respondent Information

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D.
Please indicate all municipalities in which you reside, conduct business and/or pay property taxes. Check all that apply.
Ontario Municipalities
Own
/Operate
Business
Reside
Pay
Property
Tax

City of Owen Sound

Other Municipality in Grey County

Other Municipality – Ontario

E.
Are you responsible for the payment/administration of property taxes for a commercial or industrial class property within the City of Owen Sound?
F.
Please indicate one (1) stakeholder category that you feel best represents your perspective in completing this survey:





Part 2: Vacant Unit Rebate Program

The Vacant Unit Rebate program allows owners of commercial and industrial buildings to apply for a partial rebate of property taxes if all or part of the property was vacant for at least 90 consecutive days and various other criteria are met. Rebates are paid against taxes already levied / paid and are prorated based on the vacant portion and the number of eligible days over the taxation year.
A.
Which best describes your familiarity with the Vacant Unit Rebate Program?



B.
What best describes your personal experience with the Vacant Unit Rebate Program over the past 5 taxation years?




C.
If you have made an application to the City of Owen Sound under this program within the past 5 years, what is the approximate annual/average value of rebate(s) received?





D.
If the program were available would you expect to make an application for all or part of the 2018 taxation year?
E.
The City is considering the discontinuation of the Vacant Unit Rebate Program. Would you support or oppose this change?
F.
How do you believe such a change might impact any or all of the following?
Group/Sector/Circumstance

Your own business / property:

The broader business community:

Commercial / Industrial vacancy rates:

Active / occupied businesses:

Non-business taxpayers:

Other Groups (specify):
G.
Is there an alternative policy direction that you think should be considered in regards to the Vacant Unit Rebate Program?






Part 3: General Comments

Please provide any general comments or additional information that you feel could not be expressed within the context of the survey questions above.

Survey Submission: Completed Surveys may be submitted in one of the following ways.
1)
Fax to: 905-878-9092
2)
Return to the Owen Sound Municipal Office located at 808 2nd Avenue East.
3)
This survey may be completed on-line by visiting https://secure.mte.ca/owensound
The deadline to make a submission is Friday, February 15th, 2019 Inclusive.