Survey on Residential Vacant Unit Tax

Survey on Residential Vacant Unit Tax

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Mayor and Members of Council

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Wendy Stephanson

Chief Financial Officer

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Survey on Residential Vacant Unit Tax

Date: February 22, 2021

The purpose of this memo is to inform City Council of a public survey on a possible residential vacant unit tax and the issuance of the interim property tax bill.

Survey on Residential Vacant Unit Tax

On December 9, 2020, City Council approved a motion that directed staff to study the authority to impose a tax on vacant residential units and report back by the end of Q2 2021 on the feasibility of such a tax.

The City has created a survey on the Engage Ottawa public engagement website to gather residents' feedback on a potential vacant unit tax. Residents will have from February 22 until the survey closes on March 31 to provide feedback. The City will also include an insert with the interim property tax bill, disseminate a public service announcement, and post social media messages throughout the survey period to promote the survey. We encourage you to share the Vacant Unit Tax survey with your residents.

Interim Tax Bill

The interim property tax bills will be mailed out to residents between February 22 and February 26, with taxes due on March 18,2021. The interim tax bill is the first tax installment for the year and represents 50% of the previous year’s taxes. Residents and businesses financially affected by the pandemic can find supports available to them from the provincial and federal governments on Ottawa.ca/taxes.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Joseph Muhuni, Acting Deputy City Treasurer, Revenue at joseph.muhuni@ottawa.ca.

Thank you,

Wendy Stephanson

Chief Financial Officer

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