OCC outlines its top three concerns
On August 30, 2016, Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) President & CEO Allan O’Dette sent a letter to Premier Wynne, Finance Minister Sousa, and Environment Minister Murray regarding a recent report on the landfill assessment methodology review.
Our concerns with the recommendation include mandatory data reporting without a right of appeal, the creation of a new property tax class and ratios specific to landfills, and a lack of clarity (including a lack of evidence or analysis) as to how the recommended changes will be constructed and implemented, or the broader impact of their enactment.
Generally, the OCC has an interest in the valuation methodologies and policies of Ontario land, particularly as they relate to property tax structures. In order to promote and maintain economic growth, taxes (and any assessments related to them) must remain predictable, fair, and transparent.