Property taxes

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How does the City calculate property taxes?

Guelph’s annual budget is just one part of your property tax bill. Property taxes are calculated based on the value of a property, Provincial taxes, (to fund education) and Municipal taxes (to fund Police Fire and Ambulance Service, Roads, Sidewalks, Transit, Parks, Trails, Museums, Recreation Centres, Libraries, and all City programs and services).

This short video from the Niagara Region explains the relationship between property values and property taxes.

Where do your taxes go?

Here’s how municipal taxes are distributed to City departments and the County of Wellington to deliver local programs and services

Average residential tax is $3,265 per year
Service Cost
Police $602
Transit, Parking and Road Maintenance $488
Wellington County shared services
(Public Health, Ontario Works,
social housing, and child care)
Fire and Emergency Services $454
Capital Projects and Investments $303
Parks Recreation and Culture $287
Corporate Administration $221
Solid Waste $195
Library $141
Planning and Economic Development $63
Mayor, City Council and
Chief Administration Officer
2013 tax pie chart from values on previous tab

How does Guelph compare?

The municipal study by BMA Management Consulting looks at 86 cities across Ontario, and shows how Guelph compares to other municipalities when it comes to property values, municipal taxes and more.

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