Vacant and excess land subclass tax discount program

Areal photo of industrial building with adjacent vacant land. Land has not tress on it. There is a paved parking lot on one border of the land adjacent to the industrial building.

The City is reviewing the vacant and excess land subclass tax rate discount program. The City currently gives a thirty percent tax rate discount to two hundred twenty nine commercial or industrial properties with vacant or excess land totaling $925,000, which is funded by all other taxpayers. We are considering three options for the future of this discount program. These options are:

  1. keep the current tax rate discounts;
  2. eliminate the discounts in 2020; or
  3. phase out the discounts over two years, starting in 2020.

For more information about the vacant and excess land subclass and discounts, each of the three options, and how to tell if your property is affected please refer to the Vacant and excess land subclass information document in the project Document Library on the right side of this page or click here.

The City is reviewing the vacant and excess land subclass tax rate discount program. The City currently gives a thirty percent tax rate discount to two hundred twenty nine commercial or industrial properties with vacant or excess land totaling $925,000, which is funded by all other taxpayers. We are considering three options for the future of this discount program. These options are:

  1. keep the current tax rate discounts;
  2. eliminate the discounts in 2020; or
  3. phase out the discounts over two years, starting in 2020.

For more information about the vacant and excess land subclass and discounts, each of the three options, and how to tell if your property is affected please refer to the Vacant and excess land subclass information document in the project Document Library on the right side of this page or click here.

Your feedback please

We want to know what you think. Please read the background information in the project Document Library, including the three options, then complete the survey and let us know how you think we need to move forward with this tax rate discount.  

This survey will take you approximately five minutes to complete, and will be open until Monday May 26, 12 am. 

We'll review the results and feedback and share this information in the report we'll present to City Council. In the report we will outline the feedback we heard and will make a recommendation for moving forward with the discounts. Council will review the report and vote on the future of the tax discounts. 

Personal information, as defined by the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA) is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act, 2001, and in accordance with the provisions of MFIPPA.  Personal information collected in this survey will be only be used for the purposes of informing the Vacant and Excess Commercial and Industrial Subclass Tax Discount Program review. If you have questions about this collection; use, and disclosure of this information, contact the City of Guelph’s Information and Access Coordinator at 519-822-1260 extension 2349 or by email at privacy@guelph.ca

 

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