Property Assessment and Classification Review - Letter to the Minister of Finance

Submitted To:
The Honourable Janet Ecker
Minister of Finance

Submitted By:
Marcel Beaubien, MPP
Lambton-Kent-Middlesex
Special Advisor to the Minister of Finance



LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY
MARCEL BEAUBIEN, MPP
Lambton-Kent-Middlesex
Room 115, Legislative Building
Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A 1A8
Phone (416) 325-1209
Fax (416) 325-1198

Fall 2002

The Honourable Janet Ecker
Minister of Finance
7 th Floor, Frost Building South
7 Queen's Park Crescent
Toronto ON M7A 1Y7

Dear Minister Ecker:

I am pleased to submit, for your review and consideration, my final report on the property assessment and classification system in Ontario.

During the course of this review, I received extensive input from a variety of stakeholders, including individual taxpayers, municipalities, business and industry associations, professional associations, and the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation. I also received feedback from my constituents and from my colleagues in all parties of the Legislature.

I would like to convey my sincere thanks to all of the people who took their time and effort to write letters, prepare submissions, and make presentations to me during the consultations. This review presented me with a challenging task, but it was made much easier by the detailed and thoughtful submissions that were presented by stakeholders.

The views and information that were brought forward during this review provided valuable insights into a broad array of property assessment and taxation issues. In the attached report, I have endeavoured to address all of the issues that were raised during the consultation process. I believe these recommendations support the government's goal of establishing a property tax system that is fair, understandable, and accountable to both taxpayers and municipalities.

Consultation projects of this nature provide an important opportunity for the government to hear the concerns and ideas of stakeholders first-hand, and to work jointly with taxpayers and municipal partners towards improving provincial programs, policies, and legislative design. It has been a privilege for me to lead the property assessment review project on behalf of the government.

I would like to thank you in advance for your consideration of the recommendations contained in the attached report. I would be pleased to discuss these issues with you in further detail at your convenience.

Sincerely,

Signature of Marcel Beaubien

Marcel Beaubien, MPP
Lambton-Kent-Middlesex

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